Day 31: Even as you withhold our pay, we continue working hard operating, maintaining and protecting our beloved nation. This is convenient for those of you in power, but it’s demoralizing for us, the workers. It’s like a communist microeconomy. You failed to do your job, yet you still are collecting pay from the fruits of our work.
On the day after Christmas, I opened an email from Lee Jordan.
“Merry Christmas, Matt,” he wrote. “Keep up the good work.”
Less than a week later, Lee died suddenly during a New Year’s Eve party, surrounded by his family and friends.
During my three separate tours at the Star since 2010, Lee’s enduring presence has been a reminder why we continue fighting each week to put out a community newspaper in keeping with his vision, so knowing he still took pride in the paper he called “his baby” is by far the most satisfying accomplishment of my career.
Lions are “Sharing the Vision,” which includes conducting vision screenings, providing Braille and large-print books to a local library, and organizing sporting events for the blind and visually impaired.
The Soltis and Claus families, and Michael’s close friends would like to say how very touched and grateful they are for the love, support, and gratitude this community has shown in this very difficult and sad time. The flowers, money donations, food, and cards have all been so greatly appreciated. The families and friends would also like to express their gratitude and thanks to the Eagle River Ale House for hosting the fundraiser and donating all the beer for the event. The success of the event would not have been possible without them.