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Keiser's Role A column by Trevor Keiser

Goodbye to you

April 04, 2012 - Five years ago I wrote my first column for The Clarkston News. Now, I am writing my last.

To some of you this may be sad news and to others a sigh of relief, but don't worry, I'm not going far. I am going across M-24 to our sister paper The Lake Orion Review.

I couldn't pass up an opportunity (with a little nudge from Assistant Publisher Don Rush) to further my journalism skills as co-editor at the Lake Orion newspaper.

Trust me, it wasn't an easy decision. I've come to love the Clarkston community and the people in it. Many of you have let me into your homes and into your lives. We've not only talked about things relating to the latest story I was writing, but we discussed matters of family, faith, and community.

Even on the political side of the spectrum, where I've been known to hit right between the eyes at times, I believe all political leaders both City Council and Independence Township Board are well-intentioned folks.

As I said in the past, if I never questioned a decision made or challenged public officials on an issue, then I wouldn't be doing my job.

Though I may be across town, I promise I will still be keeping an eye on what's going on around here. I will be interested to see those who challenge for spots on the Independence Township Board.

I'm not only going to miss the Clarkston community, but I am also going to miss the wonderful staff at the CNews office. We've become like family over the past five years.

Whether it was deep conversations about life, laughing to the point of tears over an inside joke, or just each of us doing our part to put out a great paper, I've been proud to serve that office with each of you.

I'd like to thank my bosses, Editor Phil Custodio, Assistant Publisher Don Rush, and Publisher Jim Sherman, Jr. for pushing me and challenging me to the next level. Also, thanks to my wife, Noell, and my family for your understanding and encouragement.

Finally, I'd like to thank all my faithful readers who tuned in Keiser's Role and my news bylines on a regular basis. Thank you Clarkston and God bless!

Trevor graduated with degrees in English and communications from Rochester College. He wrote for his college and LA View newspapers before joining The Clarkston News in May 2007.
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