Our take: A proper thank you as we dive into 2013

Somehow the end of 2013 escaped us without a proper list of thank-yous to those who make it their mission to give you something interesting and useful to read.

But there is no time like the present.

At the moment “us” is the newsroom staff of John McKinley, Peter W. Rusland, Don Bodger and Andrew Leong. We are the ones who take the lead when it comes to bringing you the news and views of the Cowichan community.

But we would not be able to do it without the help of a lot of important people.

Right off the bat we’d like to thank our new stable of columnists. Longtime historical writer Ann Andersen remained a weekly staple in 2012, but political writer Pat Hrushowy eased back from his weekly contribution to filing one column a month. And he was joined on our editorial page by a half-dozen new voices: Maeve Maguire, Paul Fletcher, Ashley Degraaf, Rob Douglas, Aaron Bichard and Jay Siska.

The result was a varied group of interests and perspectives we think served the community very well in their role of thought-provokers. We’re grateful for their contributions.

Then there are the regular contributors, who have been with us for years: the folks at Volume One Bookstores, who keep you abreast of what locals are reading; the people at SunFM who contribute a weekly look at the valley’s most-requested songs; the staff at Pioneer’s Video, who supply a list of what movies are hot; and of course, our longtime cartoonists, Rob Kernachan and Ted Zemek.

And finally, our readers, for caring about their community, for staying engaged and for keeping their doors open and their tips coming. With Twitter and Facebook playing increasingly important roles, it is easier than ever to play a part in the circle of information keeping our community connected.

Thank you for playing your role.

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