Pride is a strange thing.

I’m very proud of what we have accomplished over the past year at the Leesville Daily Leader.  I’m proud of our local coverage of news, sports, community events and the changes we’ve made to your paper.  

I’m proud of the job that our sales staff does to provide our clients with the best possible value for their dollar, and the numerous ways we are able to put their message in front of our readers both online and in print.

And then there are the not so proud moments, and my editorial in Friday’s paper is one of those times.  I let my personal feelings cloud the professional role that I have with our newspaper and within the community.  

This editorial was not the place to voice my feelings.  

A good friend told me that newspapers are here to report the news, not to create or become the news, and with my comments that is the one thing that I forgot.

If there is a proud moment that came from my editorial, it’s in seeing a community band together even if in small numbers, and show their concern for another citizen.  

Can I go back and retract what was printed?  No.  But I can offer my sincere apologies to those who were offended.  

In no way did I intend for my comments to be taken in a derogatory manner.

And if my socks offended anyone, I sincerely apologize for that too.

This is your community newspaper. Our job is to report your local community news dispassionately. I give you my word that is what we believe in and what we strive every day to deliver.

Thank you.