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Gallaudet: It’s safe to eat breakfast

Times have changed since The Enterprise first started printing, but today’s staff is still committed to keeping the community informed. Enterprise file

365体育投注“I get up every morning and read the obituary column. If my name’s not there, I eat breakfast,” comedian George Burns once said.

Dying in 1996, Burns lived to be 100 years old. A year after Burns was born, The Davisville Enterprise — all four pages of a once-a-week flyer — was born.

In these past 123 years, The Enterprise has been the go-to torch in the community. Whether it’s local news and features, thought-provoking editorials and opinion pieces, entertaining homegrown columnists, sports coverage or discovering the comings and goings of our neighbors, The Davis Enterprise has gotten the word out.

Originally owned and edited by L.A. Eichler, our proud publication went through a handful of ownerships before the McNaughton Family bought The Enterprise in 1967. Foy McNaughton, brother Burt and now Burt’s son-in-law Taylor Buley have been champions of what clan patriarch F.F. McNaughton always felt was the essence of journalism — fair, entertaining and honest community coverage.

365体育投注The elder McNaughton — who earned a medallion as the outstanding graduate at his Columbia University 50th class reunion — and his wife Ceil for 60 years wrote a daily column at their flagship newspaper, the Pekin, Ill., Daily Times. His son Dean and, in turn, grandsons Foy and Burt continued the legacy on the West Coast.

365体育投注And while the world has changed, our commitment to the proven print ethics of the McNaughtons has gone unchanged. While each breath brings new challenges to the old ways of delivering news, The Davis Enterprise continued to grow online while providing a three-times-a-week publication that folks can still wrap their heads and hands around.

365体育投注The fact is that The Enterprise woke up this morning and didn’t read its name on its own obituary page. It did notice that its sports editor was writing that the newspaper — in reflecting the attitude and psyche of its entire community — was sad and not feeling as chipper as it usually does.

The coronavirus has shutdown the world. Some newspapers might feel they have nothing to write about — no entertainment, exercise venues are closed, sporting events are canceled far and wide, the economic news is horrid and that COVID-19 apparently is spreading.

The game-changing seriousness of November’s national election should be on the front burner. But it’s grandpas like me wondering when it again will be safe go play with my granddaughter. Is there enough toilet paper in the house? Does this headache I have mean anything?

If it wasn’t for local newspapers, how would we know anything about the adjustments our business community, city government, health facilities and personnel and regional officials are making to keep us relatively safe?

365体育投注In times of crisis, often this nation — certainly this town — has sports to fall back on. A little pressure release when the sky is falling. But not this time.

365体育投注So, is this The End of Days? I wish I had F.F. McNaughton around to talk to about how he worked through the tough times. After all, wasn’t it in 1918 the H1N1 flu pandemic hit, killing as many as 50 million worldwide after infecting 25 percent of the world’s population? McNaughton would have had a calming hand with his first newspaper in Bicknell, Ind. It would have been a publication everyone turned to.

Simultaneously, there was World War I. Then the Stock Market crash leading into The Depression. On the heels of that, World War II then the advent of the nuclear age.

Somehow the people of F.F. McNaughton’s generation got through it all. Fortitude, patience and following the leads of the best and brightest came into play. Somehow, I think trust was in there somewhere, too.

While what you’re reading in your Enterprise these days may seem a little different, we hope it’s still important to you. With our staff working through this with renewed fortitude, there are challenges now and ahead that we are puzzling out. The hope is that you, our readers, will trust us and have patience along the way.

We’re all in this together, and as we at The Davis Enterprise support the community, the goal is that our community will continue to support The Enterprise.

It’s been 123 years and we have no thoughts of stopping now. In fact, I think ol’ F.F. would be pretty proud.

— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at [email protected] or call 530-320-4456.

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