This isn’t what I’d intended.
The plan was to finish my career at the Triplicate, then someday retire right here between the redwoods and the sea where the housing is affordable, the traffic almost nonexistent and the hiking trails unpopulated.
Instead, Laura and I are moving to a place where the housing is overpriced, the traffic is congested and the hiking trails are … popular.
Isn’t life strange?
After 35 years of newspapering, it turns out I have another journalism gig in me. Needless to say, it’s an enticing one. Otherwise we wouldn’t be packing up to fly away from this undiscovered paradise.
As managing editor of Honolulu Civil Beat, I’ll help lead an Internet-only news organization that has already brought a new level of investigative reporting to the Hawaiian Islands. Without a print product and without the need to cover pretty mucheverything (Honolulu has a traditional daily newspaper for that), the website at civilbeat.com picks its spots, goes in-depth and shakes things up.
It represents one of the models for the future of American journalism and frankly, it’s a wave I just can’t resist catching.
Of course, living where it’s pretty much always 70-80 degrees outside is another plus. We won’t have the beach out our front door like we do in Crescent City, but when we do find our way to the ocean, we won’t need wet-suits to jump in.
Laura is excited to return to full-time painting amid the inspiration of a tropical paradise. But her brushes will also still evoke images of Del Norte and Carmel as she sends work back to the mainland.
And who knows, the idea of retiring here may still come to fruition. The decision to leave was difficult, and I’m sure I’ll write a last column baring my feelings about this place before I finish up April 18. For now, there’s business to conduct.
About that election …
For the first time since my arrival more than six years ago, the Triplicate will not be conducting candidate forums for the June 3 election. We will provide full coverage of the races, however. And our reporters will be at any forums that do take place, beginning with one for district attorney and judge candidates next Tuesday evening at the fairgrounds.
Meanwhile, our usual policy for election-season letters to the editor kicks in now:
• The 400-word limit is in effect for all election-related missives — the option of longer Coastal Voices pieces is not there. This allows us to print more opinions, rather than wordier opinions. Missives coming in long will be shortened.
• Letters to the editor are all about local commentary — tell us how you feel and why. Local views on national issues are welcome, as are out-of-town views on local issues. Letters should not make claims or accusations that require substantial efforts at verification — those are called news tips and can be sent to the same location.
• Letters that mainly regurgitate information from the Internet get a low priority and may not be printed, although an occasional tip to check out a website is fine.
• Other rules are consistently listed on this page under the heading, “We welcome your views.”