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A newspaper guy’s work is never done

Editor's column
By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
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I often compare working for a newspaper to being a roofer. You’re never quite finished. Oh sure, you may complete a roof on one house, but then it’s on to the neighbor’s roof to begin work there. And, when he’s finished placing the last shingle there, he may take a moment to admire his work. But, as soon as he looks up, he sees nothing but more roofs in need of repair. While I was working on this week’s newspaper, I was already planning next week’s, and the one after that. It’s a mighty heavy burden but one I relish. Every week, 52 weeks per year, we publish the equivalent of a small paperback novel. That’s why, despite the hours I spend proof-reading, editing and proof-reading again, a few things will slip by me. Luckily, we’re in a community that is understanding, patient and willing to work with the newspaper to make things better for everyone. With all that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the recent feedback we’ve received. LIBRARY LOOK The Folsom Public Library, in the Georgia Murray Building, is a jewel for the city. They offer programs for children, teens and adults throughout the year. The adult summer reading program was the subject of a recent story in the Telegraph, but Julie Rinaldi, one of the city librarians, wasn’t too happy with our wordsmithing efforts. She called me to take issue with some of our word choices, believing they may have confused our readers. So, let me clarify a few points. To take part in the adult summer reading program, you do not need to attend any meetings. In fact, she said all you really need to do is pick out a book (fiction or nonfiction), read it and fill out a slip of paper. That’s it. Heck, I think I could even manage that. If you want to attend a meeting there are two offered. One meets the first Wednesday of the month and the other meets the third Thursday. They also meet at different times, so you’ll need to check to find out which one better fits your schedule. The Friends of the Library have also been great in helping organize things. For details about library programs, visit the Web site at folsomlibrary.com. SCHOOL UPDATE The Folsom Cordova Board of Education meeting held the Thursday evening just before Independence Day weekend resulted in two stories published in the Telegraph. One of them quoted Bill Miklos, who spoke during public comment. He challenged the board to “be square with the voters of this city.” He also threw out a figure of $54 million as the price tag attached to the recently approved new district office building. Deputy Superintendent Debbie Bettencourt said that simply isn’t true. “It’s actually closer to half that,” she said. “It’s certainly not extravagant.” She said the figure quoted in the meeting combines two separate measures. The construction cost of the education center will be $25 million. She also points out the old facility at Riley and Bidwell streets will be sold to help offset the cost. She said I could have checked their Web site to get all the information I needed on the costs of their projects. Unfortunately, after spending more than 30 frustrating minutes searching their site at fcusd.org, I still couldn’t find the information. WHAT'S IN A NAME? You may have noticed a new name in the Telegraph. Laura Newell will be writing features for us and doing some coverage of the Folsom City Council. She’s also still trying to learn all the local organizations and groups that make this town so great. The Folsom Rotary Club was mistakenly given credit as the driving force behind the Play for All Park. We’ve published two stories on the park and I believe it is a worthy project that will allow able-bodied children to play alongside those struggling with disabilities. While the Rotary Club of Historic Folsom was also mentioned in the story, they are actually the club responsible for most of the fundraising efforts, as pointed out to me by Gary Richard. “We do a lot of good work,” he said. “We’re the morning club, they are the evening club.” What sorts of things have they done? “We raised $8,000 at our recent golf tournament,” he said. “We also raised $100,000 for the helicopter landing pad at the new emergency room at Mercy Hospital.” Thanks for letting us know, Gary. Don Chaddock may be reached at donc@goldcountrymedia.com.