Watch this space for Cory Farley
But I can answer a few questions readers have asked:
- I wasn't fired. I was offered a buyout, fair if not generous, and accepted it. To be honest, I would have liked to stay, but editor Beryl Love wouldn't commit to letting me write a column if I did. I've been doing that too long and enjoyed my relationship with readers too much to go back to reporting on drunk drivers and church bingo games.
- It wasn't political. Well, maybe it was, but nobody told me. I've enjoyed a lot of latitude at the paper (and it's paid off for them in lots of readers). If I was offed for my political views or because advertisers were sick of me, nobody mentioned it. Not that they would, but they didn't.
- No, this isn't going to be a Slam-the-Gazette Urinal site. Readers will do plenty of that on their own. I'm disappointed and a little aggrieved, but not bitter. They could have kicked me loose with zip; as it is, I'm getting pay and bennies until 2009. Money for nothin', and I get to write for anybody else who asks me while I'm drawing the paycheck.
- I don't know how they save money by paying me for doing no work. If they're happy with it, though, who am I to complain?