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I have had the privilege of meeting many people since I started at the Clipper, and a few themes have emerged about the paper. For example, nearly everyone I have spoken with tells me how much they like the way this paper is focused locally. South Davis residents like to read in these pages about their children’s high school sports, they tell me. They also carefully read the stories we print about local governments, whether the topic of the day is fireworks restrictions, a landslide in North Salt Lake or the reconstruction of the Bountiful sewer system.

The writers and photographers here have diligently covered these issues long before my time, and I give them credit. I enjoy hearing about what this community newspaper has done well. But my experiences as a journalist, a customer, and even as an employee have taught me to look beyond what people say. Actions can be much more forceful.

For that reason, my experiences covering this community have been even more impressive than the things I hear from community leaders. One morning, a woman named Gloria Barraclough came into our office clutching a magazine story she had just read about fraud. I expected to hear a few words of caution from a concerned citizen. Instead, this brave woman told me her story of being saved from exactly the kind of telephone fraud that was discussed in that magazine. Tellers from the credit union were the heroes, she said.

For me that day, Barraclough was the hero. She made room in her active life to tell me about her traumatic, eye-opening experience. Through that conversation, she reached thousands, and she may have saved many other seniors from falling victim to fraud. That day, we were Gloria’s Clipper, and I couldn’t be more thankful.

Another testament to the strength of this community came when I talked with a gentleman who has lived in Bountiful since before my parents were born. Richard Harris still calls himself a transplant, but that’s beside the point. Anyway, Harris called me with a story suggestion and even had a list of questions we might ask. We haven’t yet taken on the story, but plan to do so soon. Richard reads the Clipper often, and looked to us for information he would not find in any other news source. We hope to continue being Richard’s Clipper well into the future.

We want all our readers to feel a sense of ownership over this paper because, as the Democratic challenger in the Davis County Commission race reminded me, the people who live here are our best natural resources. We want to be Your Clipper, whether you are a student, a stay-at-home mom, a grandparent or even a politician.

I look forward to hearing more from you as I get my bearings on the job. Whether you have a story to share, a local event to promote, a cause to further or a warning for the community, let me know by calling 801-295-2251, ext. 126 or by sending me an e-mail at rpalmer@davisclipper.com. I’ll do my part, too, by meeting as many of our community members in person as I can.
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