This is quite a special week for 173 Trigg County High School seniors, the largest class in school history. It’s a week they’ll never forget, a week they’ll spend reminiscing with friends about memories made in the last 18 years of their lives, a week they’ll ...
They’re tired of hearing these clichés, people.
Take it from me. Sure, graduation week was big for me, but my memories of it don’t actually have much to do with school.
Here’s what I remember. As the day drew near, we were in the process of selling our house in Cerulean. Not long after graduation, I left the house I grew up in.
That house was almost burned to the ground on Graduation Day. For the sake of speculation and comedy, I won’t tell you which of my sisters is responsible. To anyone who saw me that night, if I smelled like burned pot roast, now you know why.
The ceremony itself slipped by, and I limped through most of Project Graduation after pulling a muscle.
That’s it, kids. Any recollection I have of my days in school isn’t really connected to graduation.
So, seniors, enjoy it, but decide for yourselves which memories are most important to you.
Letters: I love getting letters to the editor. It’s usually a sign that people are reading the newspaper, but more importantly, it shows we have readers who genuinely care about something.
While I’m curious about how many letters I’ll receive on the alcohol issue currently being debated in Trigg County, and while I encourage those of you with strong opinions on the matter to send them to me, I feel I need to remind some of you about our policy.
For the last several weeks, I’ve been placing an updated version of our letters policy on this page, but because there were a couple of significant changes to the previous policy, I haven’t strictly enforced it. Starting this week, I will.
I know how hard it is to limit a letter to 250 words when the writer has a lot to say about something, but the line has to be drawn somewhere. Keep that in mind when you’re writing something you intend to send to me for publication. I’ll cut it down to the right size, and what I cut might not be what you would cut in the same situation.
My suggestion is to limit yourself to one or two strong argument points. If you go past that, it’s going to be difficult to fully address each point with the amount of words you have at your disposal.
The other reminder is that I must have your address and phone number on the letter for verification. This also helps us uphold another portion of the policy – only one letter per household in a three-month period.
I’m thankful that there’s a solid number of educated people in Trigg County, and some of you would have a letter in each issue were there space. Unfortunately, there’s not, and to make sure everyone has the opportunity to have their say, the limit is placed at one letter every three months.
Past that, there rest should be common sense, but one is especially important: Don’t state something (especially numbers) as fact without having something to back it up. From here on out, that’s the first thing I’ll cut.
(Justin McGill is executive editor of The Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at email@example.com.)