After15 years of visiting with you, it’s time for me to say goodbye

  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Old Testament advises that there is a season for all things. A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance; a time to seek and a time to lose; a tune to speak and a time to keep silent … etc.

I recently had an Ecclesiastical moment as circumstances indicated it was time for me to hang up my hat as an editorial columnist for this newspaper.

I’m certain that comes as good news to some of my readers who have wished for this day. Others have written that I’m too old to write a column anyway.

I hope there are a few who have enjoyed our long sojourn together. I didn’t set out to try to please everyone and obviously I have succeeded in that endeavor.

I wanted to just present one man’s honest opinion of the circumstances of life at a given point in time. I have no regrets.

Mostly, I have deeply appreciated the opportunity to visit with you by way of more than 700 published weekly columns. I am eternally grateful for that privilege and I am equally appreciative of the many friendships that have developed through the years. Thank you for the opportunity to visit with you each week!

Although I have discussed departure from these printed pages with my wife for a year or more, I had not firmly made up my mind but last week, circumstances arose that forced me to make a decision.

Fifteen years is an unusually long run for an editorial page columnist. It has been a blessing to me and I will be eternally grateful for the opportunity and privilege I have had.

Through the years, I have written other columns for various newspapers but none ever lasted so long. When I first started writing this column in 1999, I was asked by my family how long I would be doing so.

I said, “Well, I don’t know but I suppose I will continue until I run out of something to say; make everybody mad; lose my senses or the editors decide that my meanderings no longer have redeeming qualities.”

I may have reached all of those goals. So, it’s time to bid each of you a fond goodbye and wish all of you happiness and a good life.

I will be asked “what will you do.” I don’t know but I might take up other adventures as long as the Good Lord continues to give me a reasonably agile brain and body. I might fire up an Internet project and I have had overtures concerning the syndication of my columns but that’s something I would think long and hard before doing because that’s really hard work.

I will, however, share with you some of the unfinished columns I have been working on and leave them to your own devices in coming to a conclusion:

“Teach your kids how income taxes work – eat 35 or 40 percent of their ice cream.”

“If you think the government is going to take care of you – take a look at the American Indian’s story.”

“American Life or whatever is left of it after Obama.”

“Television once was called “a vast wasteland” but really has become a “garbage dump.”

“Will a permissive society ultimately destroy civilization?”

That’s just a few. You work on them and see what conclusions you can conjure.

In the meantime, I bid you an affectionate farewell.

May God bless you!

John Brock can be reached via Email: brock@johnbrock.com.) or regular mail at 50 Royal Tern Ct., Georgetown, SC 29440.

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