A stable group of people working together over a long period of time becomes a team that is able to function seamlessly in achieving its goals.
One of the people on our team, James M. (Mac) Overton, has served as editor of The Gilmer Mirror for 22 1/2 years. He announced about a month ago that he was going to retire as of July 18. We at The Mirror thank him for his service, which has spanned three decades, and wish him only the best as he enjoys his retirement.
Mac Overton has been a member of the free press of this country for most of his adult life. “The press” is the only industry mentioned in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
While it is now more often referred to as “the media” and is loathed by many (six gigantic transnational conglomerate corporations now control about 90 percent of all media content in the U.S.), the truth is that whether the “freedom of the press” specifically called for in the First Amendment is still allowed to be practiced is always going to be a good barometer of whether the United States of America is still a free nation.
Those of us in the other 10 percent of the media which is not controlled will still try to practice that freedom in the future, as Mac always did during his tenure.
William R. (Russ) Greene