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Thanks for your support

February 16, 2010 - Per Peterson
I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who has sent me their wishes on my new job as editor of the Independent. It truly means the world to me to know that there are people in my corner as I enter the next phase of my journalism career. I hope you stay in my corner and remain patient with me as I get settled in and learn what I need to learn on the fly. My first day on the job was really pretty easy. I didn’t even have to leave my house. Actually, I was stranded by winter storm number … what are we on, like six now? I shouldn’t say it was easy. I was either pacing around the house, or sitting on the couch stewing because I wasn’t able to be at work. It was pretty frustrating, because I am so excited about this position, yet on Monday, I was kept away from my desk. It did allow me to spend some quality time with the family, and we actually got to sit down and have supper together — something that rarely happens around the Peterson house because of the oddball hours I’ve been keeping for the last decade. I finally got into work late Tuesday morning after my brother-in-law cleared out the driveway for the third or fourth time and I spent the first hour at work answering emails and the messages that had piled up on my phone. That’s when I decided to write this and thank all of you well-wishers. As an aside, I was asked numerous times over the weekend if I was going to continue writing my column, in my style. Quick answer: Yes. I love writing the way I do because I know people appreciate the way I write — little bit of sarcasm, little bit of humor, little bit of heart. From time to time, I’ll mix some serious issues in there, but more often, I’ll save that for editorials. There's enough serious news to go around and plenty of room for it other than in my column. Thanks again for everyone’s support (great, now I sound like a politician).


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