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Editor's Notes: Drop by for a cup

Happy new year! It’s an all-new year, a field of blank calendar as clear, bright and white as the acres of fluffy snow that, briefly, coated our nearby mountaintops over the holidays.

We’ll be continuing to reinvent the “New Tidings” in the new year, adding more local content as we go along. Besides forever fine-tuning how we can use our staff and freelancer resources to present the best local report possible in these pages and online, we also continue to reach out to community columnists and to you, the readers, to submit letters to the editor and guest opinions.

We’re anxious to facilitate, frame, engage and inform the community conversation — and a big part of that, a necessary part, is your take on the issues going on in our community.

So we more than welcome, we encourage and entreat your participation. You may have a reaction to stories you read in the Tidings; we want to hear about it. Email a letter or guest opinion to us at tidingsopinion@dailytidings.com.

Don’t want to send a letter, but do want to send a message? Email me at betling@dailytidings.com, or call me at 541-631-1313.

Maybe you’re not reacting to a story you saw in the Tidings because it’s something we haven’t written about. We’d like to know about that, too. What story suggestion do you have? What are we missing from the Ashland mosaic that we need to cover? Call or email me — or come to the community coffee with the editor a week from today at Bloomsbury Books (see box).

In the new year, we’ll try to do the coffee monthly again, after skipping November and December due to holiday-related conflicts. We’re open to suggestions on where to have the coffees, too.

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Ashland? Or Yoknapatawpha County? The recent revelation (Tidings, Jan. 5) that Ashland’s original railroad depot was railroaded (literally) a few miles, then set up nearby in the 1960s, only to then be covered over by a barn-like shell (supposedly to mislead the property tax assessor), puts one in mind of author William Faulkner’s line, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

Now we can only hope a way can be found to have this hidden treasure become a way to inform us about and connect us to our local history, by preserving the large depot (24 by 60 foot) either in whole or in part. Where that ends up, and who pays for it, will be an interesting story to follow in coming years.

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We’re looking forward to speaking to the Rotary Club of Ashland on Jan. 22. Any Rotarians out there who have particular topics they’d like addressed? You can reach me at the above email and/or phone number.

Bert Etling is editor of the Ashland Daily Tidings.