A New Author at Lakeland Local

When I started this site I wrote a personal statement. With today’s big change I want to revisit that statement.

What big change?

Billy Townsend accepted my offer to publish his new work. At some point, he’ll set up a site of his own. Until then he’s got full run of the place. You’ll get Townsend unexpurgated. His ideas. His words. I’m not going to filter anything.

The statement? I’m getting to it now. I wrote:

If you get to know me, you’ll find I sometimes have opinions and beliefs that are not shared by my family, friends or employers. While they may not agree with what I may publish, they agree that public discourse is important.

Every opinion on Lakeland Local is mine alone. Every story I decide to cover is my choice alone. I ask no friend, family member, or employer for information or opinions on what I choose to feature here.

I still find I have opinions not shared by friends, family, and employers. I definitely still believe public discourse is important. But starting today, I can no longer say every opinion, or coverage choice is mine alone.

Still, whether I agree or disagree with something Billy writes, it will appear.

I told him that I may write comments or articles in response to something he writes. That’s the nature of this new medium. It’s about the give-and-take. Even between two writers on the same site.

I summed up that 2006 statement with “In other words, if there is something here you dislike or like, you can blame me alone.”

That’s no longer true. Now, when you find something you like, check the byline. It’s probably Billy’s name you’ll see.

On the other hand, if you have a complaint — the name is Welch. You can reach me at lakelandlocal {at} gmail {dot} com

If you’re reading this at Lakeland Local…instead of somewhere else…I’ll give you a bonus tease…this change isn’t the biggest you’re going to find here this month.

4 thoughts on “A New Author at Lakeland Local

  1. Wow…Billy really got off to a rip-roaring start! I’d say I was shocked to read his first post, but well…I know Billy and….I’m just not shocked. :o)

  2. Wow…Billy really got off to a rip-roaring start! I’d say I was shocked to read his first post, but well…I know Billy and….I’m just not shocked. :o)

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