Good luck to retired managing editor

Joe McLaughlin, the Red Deer Advocate’s managing editor, recently retired from the post after more than 23 years as head of the department.

Joe McLaughlin, the Red Deer Advocate’s managing editor, recently retired from the post after more than 23 years as head of the department.

“I’m very proud of the Advocate and the work we’ve done here. I think for the size of our market we put out a really good paper,” McLaughlin wrote at the time.

I agree with him. He brought issues to the forefront that needed discussion.

He has been a valuable voice in and for Central Alberta, and I wish him well in his retirement.

Through editorials and letters to the editor, the paper has assisted in promoting important issues and distributing information and opinion, other than those provided by Alberta Government Public Affairs Bureau.

Newspapers in Canada are experiencing a rough patch; the public has access to instant sound bytes through TV and Internet. But local news and critical information is still being provided by the Advocate. The paper deserves our support in its role to keep us connected as community.

The Central Alberta Council on Aging members and board of directors thank McLaughlin and the Advocate staff and management for this, and look forward to continued service and co-operation under the new managing editor John Stewart.

Sam Denhaan

President

Central Alberta Council on Aging

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