Gainesville Daily Register


June 23, 2012

Publisher's Pen 6-24

It's what we do

When I first came here I was fascinated by the positive attitude and community involvement of so many of the people I met. Folks love it here and are committed to making this place be the best it can be.

This is an approach I fully support.

Soon, I began to meet those who could only see the negative side of things. They said there was nothing going on here, everything costs too much, there aren’t any good jobs and the newspaper sucks. Excuse me? I beg to disagree.

Early on, I took it upon myself to try to get to the bottom of things.

I asked around and got introduced into several circles. I wanted to find out where folks think this community is headed and where they want it to go. I also wanted to know what they think about their local daily newspaper and how it can better serve the community.

Talk about a can of worms…

After the gripes and suggestions I was told all about what a great newspaper the Register is and how it was a key player in this community, especially during the old days. The Register has strong ties to this community-- it has history, 122 years of it to be exact.

The Gainesville Register was founded by the Leonard family back in 1890. It is still the only local daily newspaper operating in Cooke County. It is our job as your local paper to give you all the local news that happens every day and affects our daily lives. We are committed to printing more local news and photos that anyone else. We

will provide local information that you won’t find anywhere else. That includes the good, the bad and the ugly.

I think we need to do more than that.

Are we the most patriotic town in the United States? You bet we are.

We’ve got “Medal of Honor week” honoring more American heroes than anywhere else in the country. We’ve got the spirit, the flags and the fireworks. We’ve got “Gainesville Pride” and we know it. One of the stories out front today tells how you can participate in helping

Gainesville garner a national title for “most patriotic town.” So, jump on board. Get a t-shirt, a bumper sticker, wave your flag and celebrate our independence. After all, it’s what we do.

There are good things happening in Gainesville. The summer edition of “Around Town” magazine comes out today. I hope you’ll take a look at

it. This quarterly magazine takes a positive outlook and focuses on the good things that are happening in Cooke County. With a reach of more than 20,000 readers and glossy full-color printing, we’ll put Gainesville’s best foot forward.  In this issue, the sky’s the limit.

That’s no pun, that’s the name of our new hot-air balloon festival coming Sept. 7 – 9 at Gainesville Municipal Airport. Also featured in this issue is Rodeo Gainesville, summer sounds, our area artists and a look back at the famous Gainesville Circus.. We’ve also got a story on reining horses. Are you familiar with that? Take a look.

You’ll find the magazine at local businesses and convenience stores as well as many professional offices. We want to reach visitors to our community so we will also have copies at the local hotels.

Distribution will include the chambers of commerce, the zoo and the public library. There are 300 local distribution drops where free copies will be available. We’re also including a copy in today’s paper for home delivery subscribers.

When you get right down to it, the success of Gainesville and Cooke County is not solely the responsibility of our chamber and economic development people. The buck stops with us, the folks who live and work here. How our region is viewed by others depends on what we say in the coffee shops, the grocery store and how we present our community when asked. We live in a very unique community that has a lot going for it.

Let’s work together to promote our fair city. Gainesville may have been the best kept secret in north Texas, but by working together we can have a first-rate, quality tourist destination. We can attract clean industry, add jobs and build our diversified economy. We can improve our quality of life through nurturing and promoting the arts.

It’s all here, but we have to work together and pay it forward.

It’s what we do.


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  • Publisher's Pen 1-5

    We are all guilty of it. We want to make a new year’s resolution and make it stick.

    January 5, 2013

  • Publisher's Pen 11-11

    Gainesville really knows how to celebrate Veteran’s Day. On Monday, complete with an Honor Guard, Old Glory and many distinguished and decorated defenders of our freedom, we will pause to remember and respect those who have served our country through the military.

    November 12, 2012

  • Publisher's Pen 10-14

    We are now into the final weeks of the 2013 Cooke County United Way campaign and this year’s goal of $398,000 is in sight. CCUW has been around for 57 years and has always met its annual funding goal, according to executive director Angie Hare.

    October 13, 2012

  • Publisher's Pen 10-7

    When I was growing up my dad taught me that to be successful you must keep a “PMA.” Just in case you don’t know, that stands for “positive mental attitude.” I still have it and I still believe in it.

    October 7, 2012

  • Publisher's Pen

    Last Friday didn’t start out as an ordinary day. All the regular to-do items that I normally get were there, waiting. Meetings, appointments and all the task oriented stuff was ready for me in my overstuffed Outlook calendar file.

    September 17, 2012

  • Publisher's Pen 7-22

    I’m here to say that Gainesville is no longer the best kept secret in Texas. Although Gainesville is widely known in some circles, our fair city has never really maximized it’s image for the tourist trade. Some folks like it that way.

    July 21, 2012

  • An Apology

    Wednesday’s front page story on the death of a five-year-old boy contained more detail than necessary from the sheriff’s office report about the unusual truck accident that caused the tragedy.

    July 20, 2012

  • Publisher's Pen 7-8

    Last month Gainesville was decked out in deep purple. Not the classic rock band, mind you, but purple banners, ribbons and bows. There was purple everywhere.

    July 9, 2012

  • Publisher's Pen 6-24

    When I first came here I was fascinated by the positive attitude and community involvement of so many of the people I met.

    June 23, 2012

  • Publisher's Pen 6-10

    I've had some close encounters of the third kind. For those of you who are familiar with the popular 1977 science fiction movie by Steven Spielberg, a CE3K is defined as an encounter with an animate being of unknown species. In the movie, they're talking about meeting space-aliens. You know, little green men.

    June 9, 2012

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