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Although my Southern upbringing made it clear that bragging is impolite, I think certain liberties can be taken when one is not bragging about oneself. To that end, I want to say how proud we are that my husband learned this week that he had won a second-place award for ed- itorial writing in the Society for Professional Journalists' 64th Annual Green Eyeshade competition for the region encompassing 11 Southeastern states. This is his second SPJ award; last year, he took second prize for editorial writing in the organization's contest for all Florida pub- lications. I do want to emphasize at this point that the most important val- idation we receive for our work is a reader's compliment. Still, it is an incredible honor to garner recogni- tion from our peers in journalism. Having spent many an hour as a judge in contests in Florida and in North Carolina, I know how difficult it can be to pick winners from among a wealth of entries showcasing excellent reporting and writing. And that is all the more reason I am very, very proud of Robert. Many a night I go to bed thinking about what a remarkably talented staff we have. For an ed- itor, no better gift exists than a team of peo- ple who work hard and produce top-notch results. Every week you see the bylines of Cooper Levey-Baker, Stan Zimmerman and Roger Drouin, but do not forget our team includes Staff Photographer Norman Schim- mel, Production Manager Cleve Posey, Copy Editor Vicki Chatley, Editorial Cartoonist John Riley and contributors Elinor Ro- gosin, Harriet Cuthbert and Fran Palmeri. I am grateful for each of them — and es- pecially Robert. Editor and Publisher WELCOME

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