Pleasantly because I believe Mayfield
will bring something to the job that this county really needs:
enthusiasm, positive outlook and energy.
Jeff Mayfield is an optimist with a
capital "O." He always has a big smile on his face, a boisterous
hello for anyone that he meets and an ear to hear if you have
something to discuss with him. He usually disagrees if your point of
view is negative, cynical or divisive, hoping to adjust your
attitude to help you see things on the positive side.
These are excellent traits for someone
who will help direct our economic efforts in this county.
In the time I have known Mayfield, he
has been an associate minister at Jefferson St. Christian Church, on
staff at LCC/LCS, on the chamber board (was going to be president of
the board this coming year), our primary sportswriter here at LDN, a
sports radio commentator at FIX 96, talk show host on Channel 5,
husband, father and friend. He's the kind of guy that everyone wants
as their friend, every board wants as a board member and every
employer wants as an employee.
Our county is known as the place where
nothing good happens. It was good once, and now it is all downhill
from there. Old things close up, go away, and nothing economically
viable seems to take their place.
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I've long thought that it's because of
the dour attitude most people in this county seem to carry around
with them that few things are tried and many things fail. I've heard
a thousand times, "Oh, that wouldn't work here!" and "Just what were
they thinking when they tried that" and the ever-popular "I could'a
told you that wouldn't work!" Most people around here think this
county is a dead-end, fading, doomed-to-die kind of place.
I do know this -- attitude leads. If
you have a bad attitude, it often becomes a self-fulfilling
prophecy, and usually you'll have bad results.
If you have a good attitude, often the
positive energy that accompanies your rosy disposition can help
carry off a project that other people would forecast dismally.
There are those people out there in the
county right now who are probably questioning Mayfield's ability to
carry this off. While he doesn't have a master's degree in community
development, or a Ph.D. in economic theory, or even an M.B.A., he
has guts and he has spirit.
of that, I can't think of a better man for the job.
It began as a dream to create, to
communicate and to do something significant for Logan County.
Together with many fine people, we were able to create Lincoln
Daily News and bring you the news about our community six days a
week for the past three years.
There were many times in the last three
years that the news was thin, many times when help was scarce and
many times that money was short. Technical problems abound in this
technologically-dependent business, resources are sometimes very
thin, and the temptation to rush a story is always present. But,
because of the bulldog tenacity of our managing editor, Jan
Youngquist (the most underpaid worker in Logan County), we have
pressed forward every day to deliver a high-quality publication
about good people.
My great thanks to Mary Krallmann, our
copy editor, who slavishly works long hours to make us all sound so
good. Mary has to read the drivel we write, correct the grammar,
the spelling, the wording and even add punctuation to a particular
writer's articles (who shall go unnamed here). Without her, LDN
would surely never have survived.
Our publication is known for accurate
writing with a positive outlook. Much thanks to our regular writers
who give so much of themselves: to Joan Crabb, Lynn Spellman, Jeff
Mayfield and Greg Taylor. You have proven that a small cadre of good
writers can cover the important news in this community to rival,
even at times, exceed the competition. Together we have certainly
caused the "other paper" to improve a great deal.
Much thanks to Gina Sennett for her
artistic and technical skills that make LDN look good every day; to
Bob Frank for his photos of the people and events of the county; to
our past, part-time, seasonal and intermittent writers who have done
an excellent job with positive reporting.
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To those fine men, Tom and Ryan
Seggelke and Sam Redding, who helped start LDN, who labored hard,
cast a vision and helped push it down the hill, I also again say
Lucky Eichner pours her whole self into
the job of selling and coordinating advertising, a tough job. I am
thankful for her friendship, her devotion and her successes.
I am extremely grateful to our
advertisers, both past and current, to all our sponsors, and to
those who keep sending us "subscription" money to keep us going.
Your support, your encouragement and your assistance mean so much to
the staff of LDN. You have kept us going.
And last but not least, we want to
thank those who read LDN on a regular basis, recommend it to their
friends and have made LDN their hometown paper. Our readers from
across the county and around the world now number slightly over
5,000. We did it all for you!
To all of you on our third birthday, I
just want to say thanks.
And many happy returns!