Local Columnists Are Like Windows

I’m becoming more and more appreciative of local columnists in our local paper, The Carillon. They’re like windows into small but active communities I don’t get to visit much… but would like to.

Here are a few things I love about The Carillon columnists!

Their unfiltered opinions. Many of them have been around the block a time or two, and as far as the whole “watching what you say” thing goes, several of them are just over it. This doesn’t always come out, but one more than one occasion I’ve emitted a surprised guffaw at a phrase one of these dear writers lets fly.

Their endearing manner of writing. While there’s the above-mentioned tough side, there’s also a tender, caring side. These columnists deeply care about their small communities and the people therein. They’re kind and hopeful and there’s so much to love about that.

They know their communities intimately. Reading the columns is like using a microscope to peer into each unique corner of our region. Many times there are events that may be happening at small local museums and other quirky events you won’t find written about anywhere else in the paper — you have to read the columns to get the details.

They see the good, they see the bad, and they remark upon all of it , always shared through a lens of love and hope. This is the news you won’t see covered anywhere else… shared in a way you won’t find anywhere else. It’s warm, it’s homey, and reading it makes me feel connected to the surrounding communities in a way that nothing else really can.

With their generosity in sharing their love and knowledge with the rest of us, these columnists are like windows into the many towns and villages that dot our region, and I’m grateful for their writing.