Parker County Today August 2017 - Page 6

A Letter From The Editor I’m Giving Up On My Quest Of Being Liked I ’d like to think that I don’t give a fig if people like me or not. For years, I labored under a misconception. But, recently, I faced the fact that I actu- ally do care if most people like me, and I’m determined to stop it — right now.  I’m in a career where I express myself and send those expressions out to thousands of people, many of whom pay to read the stuff I write, along with the stuff I pay others to write — stuff I view as worth reading. Mine is not a career for the emotionally delicate. I believe that informing people in an entertaining way is a pretty important thing to do. Tech industry entrepreneur Oliver Emberton once said, “The only way to avoid pissing people off is to do nothing important.”  I write a crime column every weekday morning in the PCT News Blast that targets a niche market. It pretty much targets that small group of people that detest crime, want to stay informed, and are interested in what’s going on in our community — the good, the bad, and the ugly.  I cater to readers who tend to obey the law and would like the other people to do the same. It’s not for everybody. Most of our readers find humor in it. If you don’t, that’s OK. The direction we’re taking may have something to do with the fact that I spent five months in the hospi- tal when I was a little girl. I almost didn’t make it. It happened because a lonely man from Weatherford got completely doo-doo-faced in Fort Worth, then drove back — on the wrong side of Fort Worth Highway. He plowed head-on into my parent’s sedan with his farm truck. He suffered a scratch on his forehead, and had to suffer through the ordeal of getting three stitches (ouch!).  Needless to say, I’m not terribly tolerant of substance-abusers who put the lives of others in jeopardy becaus