Dustin Wright
Dustin Wright
Pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, Heraclitus of Ephesus was cited as coining possibly one of the more truthful statements in human history: "There is nothing permanent except change."

Change happens every day in our lives, whether they are small, unnoticeable changes to those that have major impacts upon our day-to-day livelihood.

One such change is coming in the direction of me and my family.

For those who may not follow me on my personal Facebook page, or heard the news floating around the community, I submitted my letter of resignation as Managing Editor of the Seminole Sentinel, effective on April 18. On April 21, I will be venturing into the West Texas oilpatch and taking part in the business that is the lifeblood of our local economy.

It was a decision that wasn't made of rash actions or ill-will and one that didn't come lightly to this person who has been in some sort of journalistic venture since his junior year of high school some 14 years ago.

It was, however, a decision made in an attempt to provide better for my son, my family and myself on the long term.

It's with a heavy heart I pen this personal column, as the decision made institutes a major change in not only my life, but that of my son and my family.

I will certainly miss my years sitting behind the desk, sitting in on various governmental meetings and covering a wide range of events for the Seminole Sentinel.

Although I will still be residing in Seminole, and plan on being involved as much as I can within our community, I will -- for the most part -- miss the regular day-to-day interactions among our local civic leaders, citizens and visitors to our community.

Looking back on my 12 years here at the Sentinel, I have been fortunate to take part in many different ventures.

I've had the opportunity to cover the re-campaign of President George Bush when he made a political stop in nearby Hobbs, New Mexico several years ago.

I had the unique opportunity to sit in a room with my childhood sports idol, Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, at a sports writing conference a few years back, where he opened the floor for questions that many others may not have had an opportunity to ask.

I have had the opportunity to cover news events which have brought prosperous ventures to our local community.

I've had sleepless nights after covering tragic events which effected the lives of local residents.

All done -- hopefully -- in providing the best news coverage I could to you, our readers.

I must admit, with this change there will be some challenges. The learning of a new trade in a new industry. A change in a routine I had become accustomed to over the past 12 years of my life.

But they are challenges I plan on facing head on, and for those who know me pretty well, I have a strong head... err.. will.

To those who I have had regular interactions with in the day-to-day operations of the Sentinel's news coverage: words can not express the gratitude I have toward you and your tireless work to help me relay those newsworthy events -- no matter how big or small -- to our readers and your constituents.
There may have been times we didn't see eye to eye on issues, or where I may have been a thorn in your side, but your work was never unnoticed.

To the staff members -- current and past -- at the Sentinel offices: thank you for your tireless work over the years. I am proud to have worked beside each of you over the years, through the good days and those that might have left us wanting to run away and never return.

Change is a fickle, fickle thing. It is something people either can embrace whole-heartedly or something that people meet with the greatest of resistance.

But, as Heraclitus said: "There is nothing permanent except change."

Thank you all for your support over the years, and may God bless each and everyone one on your ventures down the road, no matter how big or small.