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I won’t back down

CHAD HOBBS Editorial “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” – Atticus Finch from ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ This is a quote that has stuck with me since the day I first read it many years ago in a Meade County classroom. It is a quote I have tried to live by – my adopted motto if you will. Well, if you walked around in my skin for a day, you would find a guy that struggles to believe in himself, but who is passionate in his love and defense of family, friends, kids (especially kids), my hometown, Meade County, the common man/woman and the Meade County Messenger. So, though I may struggle defending myself, you had better believe I will defend those aforementioned pillars of my life with a passion that even a momma bear would struggle to muster. And I will never apologize for that.

I believe that just because someone is good to you doesn’t mean they are good to everyone. I believe that just because someone is a good person doesn’t mean they are good at making decisions for others. And I believe that just because someone has done some things good doesn’t mean that we should turn a blind eye towards the things they do wrong. Between the quote I live by; the pillars that are my passion; and these three things I believe in, I don’t open my mouth, or put pen to paper, before I’ve done my due diligence and believe in my heart that the things I write, even if they may seem to have gone too far, are warranted.

I get that, from time to time, I upset some people for calling out “great” people in their life in this paper. But before you get mad at me for my “mean” words, you should first ask yourself if that person is treating everyone else with the same greatness that you feel they are treating you with? Can you see your friend’s trees for their forest? I’ve made a lot of terrible decisions over the course of my life that didn’t just affect me, but they also affected others, especially those who loved me. And I paid a heck of a price for it — rightfully so. I have no agenda other than doing everything I can to help ensure we leave our community to my son and his generation in a state that is as good as, but preferably better than, we found it. I have no grudges when I write for this paper. Often those that I’m most critical of, I not only know but like as people. But I will always choose to put the good of the many above the good of the few. I will always choose 'what is right is right and what is wrong is wrong', no matter who that affects. I will always do everything I can to inform the people of our community what the leaders we elected are doing. I take my position as a member of the Fourth Estate very seriously, and I believe wholeheartedly that the people of this county can never afford to lose someone filling that role. Whether it be me or someone else, it matters not. It only matters that there is always someone manning the newspaper that is willing to walk into a room full of leaders, even when they are friends, and have the backbone to inform the people about something that doesn’t feel right. It’s not personal. It’s a journalist’s mandate.

I may do that more passionately than some of you are used to, but when it comes to my love for this county, I won’t back down!