As I am writing this, we are a few hours away from Thanksgiving, one of my favorite days of the year. Even in difficult times, it is nice to have a reminder to be grateful for what we have. And while life is certainly not always fair, there is a lot to be thankful for.

I am grateful I made it to another Thanksgiving, another year to see my children grow and my parents age. We all made it through the last 365 days, and that alone is reason to celebrate.

I am thankful for advances in medical science. My mom is fighting cancer for the second time in her life, but as she has proven in the past, she can beat this. It won’t be easy, but my mom might be the bravest person I have ever met.

I remain grateful for this job and this community that have supported The Alvin Sun and The Alvin Advertiser. It is no secret that it is trying times for the newspaper industry, but I still believe community newspapers have an important role to play.

In a world of instant news and Facebook pages galore, we may no longer be the first place you hear about something, but we try really hard to ensure what you do hear is accurate and truthful. That still has to mean something.

So to our readers and especially our advertisers — thank you. Your support allows us to keep the doors open and continue to tell the news as we have for generations.

In the coming weeks, there will be changes at The Alvin Sun and The Alvin Advertiser. If things go as planned, most people will never even notice. That’s the goal anyway.

As the world around us changes, we have to adapt and sometimes that means a leaner crew doing more work. But because we believe in what we are doing, we will adjust and will continue to provide Alvin and Manvel the news that is important to the communities.

Around the country and even in Texas, community newspapers are shutting their doors. When they do, it can be devastating for small cities and towns. It has become a challenge to survive in this industry, but we will continue to fight to make sure The Alvin Sun and The Alvin Advertiser do not join that list.

Community newspaper has been a passion of mine for most of my life, and I am eternally grateful I have been able to spend make a living sharing stories about important issues with readers around the country.

My journey has taken me from the desert to the frozen fields of North Dakota to the Gulf Coast. And while every location is different, the need for local news has never changed. Community newspapers like this one have a vital role to play. Sometimes its keeping local government in check, but more often than not it’s telling stories about your friends, your neighbors, a local business or students excelling in school.

Years ago, I interviewed for my first job as an editor and the publisher of the paper said he saw the primary role of the newspaper as the cheerleader for the community.

That may sound horrible to some in this industry, but it’s always stuck with me.

What that publisher was saying wasn’t to ignore the bad or overlook corruption if it existed, but instead we should always look for good stories. Every day people in Alvin and Manvel do exceptional things that most people know nothing about.

During this season of thanks, I am grateful for those people and I am grateful that after all these years, I still get the chance to do this.

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