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Gail Spector’s final edition as editor of the Newton TAB is landing in driveways today but her classy farewell column is online now.  (And I don’t just say that because she gave me a generous shout out and she even plugged Village 14.com.)

I don’t have to tell you about the fantastic job Gail did as editor for 5-plus years, I’m sure you’ve already decided if that’s true or not yourself. But today’s column is apoignant reminder of what the job entailed, how hard it is and how fortunate  we all were to have Gail  at the helm.

Over three decades, the Newton TAB has had good years and bad years, great editors and not-so-great editors. (I was lucky enough to work for founder Russel Pergament in the early days and what I learned from him motivates me to this day.).   Meanwhile, the economics of the business keeps getting harder and the latest news  from the TAB’s parent company is upsetting, to say the least.

The medium may change — it has changed.  But the demand for solid journalism and responsible opinion-makers won’t.  As daunting as this may sound, we have to hope there will be many more generations of journalists who step forward and demand the best from Newton and its people — just as Gail Spector has.

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