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Looking back at 2009 brings both good and bad memories

Dale Shrull
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

As the New Year approaches, a look back at 2009 brings a variety of memories – both good and bad.

There are always good times and bad. Challenges and successes. Usually, the good times easily overpower the bad.

For me, 2009 was an especially tough one here at the Post Independent. For many business, 2009 was tough. Closures, layoffs and adjustments were the norm for many local businesses.

This economic recession has made life rough on many people. When I think about the people that have been hit the hardest, a look at 2009 is especially difficult.

I have to think of the good people that we had to let go this year. I’m happy to hear that most have found work and have adjusted to what had to be one of the most challenging times of their lives.

They are all good people and it was my pleasure to have worked with them. Having the opportunity to work with those people, made me a better person, and I’ll always be thankful for that.

For the people who remain here at the newspaper, they too have been impacted. Greatly impacted. I’m astonished at how they remain upbeat and positive in the face of such challenging times.

They have jobs, but their workload and duties have increased tremendously. Less people means more work for them.

I cannot say enough about the men and women who are still here. Their attitude, work ethic and willingness to do the best job possible under very difficult circumstances is amazing.

I want to say thanks to them for all their hard work. But I can never truly offer them enough of a thank you. I am so fortunate to have such a dedicated staff.

There’s another layer of people who also feel the brunt of these economic hard times and the challenges we have faced in 2009.

We all take work home with us at times, and I must say, never before has work consumed so much of my life.

To all the spouses, sons and daughters, and the other loved ones who have felt the impact, I must also say thank you for understanding.

There have been many times when a call home must be made. “Still at the office,” “working late again.”

When times are bad, virtually all aspects of life are impacted. No father wants to miss his son’s school show; a mom would rather be at the dinner table instead of in front a computer screen; a new husband would rather be with his wife than at the office.

That’s why I want to shout out a thank you to all those family and friends who also feel the pummeling of this recession and the difficult times we have felt here at the Post Independent.

To everyone who’s had a tough time in 2009, my hope is that 2010 is the turning of a corner and times get better.

The holidays can be so difficult during bad times. But they can also be a time of joy and optimism. It’s my hope that this Christmas is a time of joy and happiness, and 2010 will indeed bring great tidings and better times.

Thanks to all, and to all a Merry Christmas.

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