Believe the words you read here

By Kevin Wilson

Some of you have had the opportunity to meet me. For those who haven’t (and maybe those who have), let me take an opportunity to introduce myself.

My name is Kevin Wilson. I like watching movies, but I prefer buying a DVD and watching it in my own dirty apartment to paying the same amount of money to go with a friend and watch it in a movie theater with layers of spilled soda on the floors.

I like basketball and football, but I’ve been rethinking those sports as I’ve had to follow the New York Knicks and San Francisco 49ers.

I’ve had a little more than five years with Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico, mainly in the Portales office. Now I’m in the Tucumcari office as your interim managing editor.

I’ve been with the Sun long enough to draw a paycheck, and odds are I’ll be here long enough to draw several more. If the right applicant comes along, that person will be collecting paychecks as your managing editor. Until that point, my supervisors and I feel this is the best possible solution to give you the quality of newspaper that you deserve, or as close to it as possible.

While I’ve been here, I’ve had a chance to meet many of you and shop in some of your area businesses, but I have yet to figure out the ultimate fate of the water in the Ute Reservoir or find the city’s best green chile cheeseburger. There’s always a chance that I won’t be around long enough to figure out either one, since lifelong Tucumcari residents deal with these questions from time to time.

Don’t let the “interim” title fool you. It doesn’t mean that I’m not concerned with the welfare of this community. It doesn’t mean that I won’t do everything I can to make sure accurate and fair coverage is given to events that are of interest to the citizens of Tucumcari and Quay County. It’s not like some other labels that I’ve found myself to doubt.

It’s not like the mail that I receive, where I get a credit card offer every other day and more than half of them come from Capital One, a company that supposedly gives customers a “No Hassle Card.” I can’t imagine how much they’d hassle me if I owed them money.

It’s not like Washington, D.C., where a law has been created to hold people indefinitely without legal representation and view financial records without a warrant, and that law is called the Patriot Act.

It’s not like a certain company that promises its subscribers unlimited DVD rentals by mail for a fixed monthly rate, but delays shipments to its heaviest users in an attempt to protect its profit margin. The system by which it surreptitiously limits DVD rentals, according to the Boston Globe, is called the “fairness algorithm.”

My title means what it means. I’m working here temporarily — though in theory, we’re all temporary employees — but I have a job to do. Feel free to come by and let me know what I can do in this job to create a Quay County Sun that you’d want to read.

Or let me know where you can find a good green chile cheeseburger. In either case, I’ll be happy to listen.

Kevin Wilson is the interim managing editor at the Quay County Sun. He can be reached at 461-1952 or by e-mail:

kevin_wilson@link.freedom.com