The time has come, the columnist said, to write of many things — of life and love and local topics…but not of politics and kings.
I’m done folks: Tired, bored and ready to move on. National politics no longer excites me. Washington is 300 miles away from my mountaintop retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia. It might as well be in another galaxy.
It’s time to move on. My focus nowadays is local news and issues. I write and shoot photos for my hometown newspaper. I publish a local news web site. I’ve got a biker blog and one devoted to photography. I’d rather write about problems with local school bus drivers than TARP and bailouts and the new dog at the White House.
In one way or another I’ve been involved with national news and politics for the past 40 plus years — either as a newspaperman or a political operative. This gig with Capitol Hill Blue began on October 1, 1994 — 14 years, six months and 13 days ago.
I’m sorry, but I no longer give a damn about what happens in Washington. I don’t care if they prosecute George W. Bush or not. I don’t care if Barack Obama breaks another campaign promise or not. I don’t care if Bill Clinton beds the entire Dallas Cowboy cheerleading squad.
I do care if my local county can find a way to improve the dirt roads that make up most of the byways of our area. I care whether or not the school system cracks down on bad bus drivers. I care about efforts to revitalize the downdown in our county’s only town (population: 434). I care about bluegrass music and decent weather so I can take my Harley Super Glide for a nice, long ride.
I care about spending more time with my wife, more time on my three-and-a-half acre front yard and the dozens of little projects that need to be done around the house. I care about getting my photo studio back in order so I can concentrate on shooting new images of life here in the mountains.
Capitol Hill Blue doesn’t need me. We have good columnists in Hal Brown, Rob Kezelis and Phil Hoskins. We have reader bloggers and our ReaderRant discussion forum remains one of the best on the Internet because of the hard work of Skyhawk, Scoutgal and their talented group of moderators.
Capitol Hill Blue will continue, but it will continue without me…at least for the time being. I’m going to take a break. I’ve taken breaks before: Some short, some long. This one will probably be a long one. It may be permanent. At this point, I don’t know.
Thanks for the ride. It’s been quite a trip.