When I get ready to start my week, the first thing I write for Current is this column. It feels like a sound beginning to the writing and forces me not to write about specific news items when they crop up.
That leaves some breathing room to really think about how I feel about a topic and if I really want to weigh-in. There’s a little bit of catharsis, too.
I’m going to break my own guideline this week, and take some space to address the changing dynamics in Fishers.
After finishing deadline for last week’s paper and grabbing a bite to eat, it was time for a town council meeting.
It was business as usual at the meeting, for the most part.
The good people of Channel 8 were there to cover it, hanging out not too far from the press table that’s been my work station every other week for the past six months.
The fact that dynamics of local government will drastically change down the road was mentioned very little.
With the meeting over, I briefly chatted with people in town hall. On my way out, I talked with blogger and columnist Larry Lannan about everything we’ve written about and will write about.
I realized what all is changing around me. Two groups that battled hard for months, one for years, now have nothing to fight over (One can only hope. Just in case, I won’t hold my breath.). The town now must turn its attention to figuring out how to transition to a city, and the people that I’ve spent so much time talking to about the issue may fade to the background.
It might be the first time in a while that those in charge and those working towards specific goals at town hall have to ask what exactly the next steps are. That can be scary for anyone.
What I do know is that they’ll figure it out and get in step.
In three months of covering the town vs. city debate, I met some characters and wrote some cool stories. I hope those characters choose to stick around.
What’s more is that I’ve been able to expand the team I work with at Current. I’m glad to have welcomed Jordyn Didier and Nancy Edwards to Current, as well the volunteer columnist, Lannan.
I’m truly sorry for such a delay with the slice-of-life columnist post. My goal is to have one selected and writing after the holiday.
My coffee hours at Hearthstone today are cancelled as a result of having another deadline to beat. Apologies for the inconvenience!