COLUMN: Unsigned doesn’t mean unclaimed

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By Shannon Brock

Whether it’s the collective soft buzz of many or the loud buzz of a few, we’ve been hearing a rumble about our seemingly new practice of penning “unsigned editorials.”
While it may not be a practice with which some are familiar, it’s not an altogether new idea. For instance, our sister papers in Anderson and Shelby counties do the same thing.
An unsigned editorial is unsigned not because we’re ashamed to take credit for it or because we don’t want to own up to it – in fact, it’s just the opposite. They are unsigned so we can all take credit for them.
These editorials are representative of the collective and collaborative opinion of our editorial board.
While we all may not sit down around a keyboard, like in any office, we have discussions on local issues.
Sometimes we’re all on the same side. Sometimes we’re not. Sometimes we can see both sides.
Just know, we’re doing what we can to provide you with a valuable take on the world around us. You don’t have to like it, and you certainly don’t have to agree, but we love to hear your feedback.

So, remember last week how I advised this year’s graduates not to be afraid to admit making mistakes?
Well, this week, I’m leading by example and admitting one of our own.
In last week’s edition, we hope you enjoyed our graduation section, which featured the class of 2011.
While the school cooperates with us to provide a list of graduate names, you might be wondering who is behind the camera lens of all those pictures.
Unfortunately, we forgot to tell you.
For the past several years, those photos have been provided to us by local photographer Belinda Sheeley.
Belinda has been a pleasure to work with and has provided us with quality photos year after year.
So, we wanted to let you know, dear readers, and to let Belinda know, just how much we appreciate her help.

Last, but not least, here’s a quick plug for a very important event coming up this weekend.
Relay for Life starts at 7 p.m. on Friday and any money raised will benefit the American Cancer Society.
It is rare to find someone who hasn’t been affected by cancer. I can think of at least five people in my family who have had the disease, and four of those have died from it. Visit Relay if you get a chance. It will be worth your time, I’m sure.