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Maybe I should have been a plumber

We all make choices in our lives. Some of the best advice I passed on to our children was to try and make good choices. That could be the friends you choose, your decision to take advantage of the education offered to you, the jobs you take, your spouse, where you live and your lifestyle. Some choices are made for you, but you usually have a choice on how you handle those situations.
I would like to think that I have made some good choices in my life. I’ll admit that I have done some boneheaded things that I’m lucky to have lived through, but overall I like my choices. I chose to major in printing engineering when I went to college. I chose to get a little experience and chose to work for a printing company in downtown Los Angeles. I’d like to think I chose my bride, but I was lucky and she chose me. I chose to move back to Winters and my father chose to have me. He also chose to put me in charge in 1983 but stayed around all these years to make sure I don’t mess up.
I could have stayed in Los Angeles, moved to the Bay Area to be near Sherri’s parents, or been drafted into the Vietnam War. I’m not a bad plumber or fix-it guy and if I had gone into the construction field, my life would have been different. Not better or worse, just different. We all make choices that affect not only ourselves but those around us, too. You can play what ifs all day and wonder how your life would have been different if you had made different choices, or your parents had made different choices, but we have to live with the choices we make.
Many years ago I hired Debra Ramos/LoGuercio/DeAngelo. That was my choice and she has chosen to stay on, week after week, year after year. We have made our mistakes, but overall I think the Express is one of the better newspapers in the area, if not the state. There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t find typographical errors in the paper and they bother me, but I’ve learned to live with them. Sometimes I find a factual error and that really bothers me. In the olden days, when we were past deadline and needed to get the paper on the press, my father would announce, “We aren’t building wristwatches.” He didn’t expect the paper to be perfect, just factual and out on time.
There was a big typo in last week’s Express and from the reaction from some people, they think we did it on purpose. This is a family newspaper or I would tell them where to go. No one mentioned the partial 4th of July ad that ran two weeks late, but it was in last week’s paper, also. We don’t print stories to make people feel bad and we don’t make mistakes on purpose. If you never make mistakes, would you come into my office? I’d like to shake your hand. I’ve written before about a newspaper just being a mirror of the community. We hold the mirror up, report what we see, and that’s it.
Winters has had its share of tragedies over the years and last week was one of the worst ever for our community. I can’t imagine the hurt and pain that the Dozier family is going through, and I worry that the pain may never go away. Most of us knew Scotty, and are distraught, dismayed, upset and mad, and can’t believe it happened. His death has affected a lot of people — some will heal with time and some won’t.
Maybe I should have been a plumber, but then I wouldn’t have gotten to know Scotty Dozier.
God speed.