This is the 76th essay in my blog series and the last for the time being or at least in this format. I have been writing first five and then four a week since Feb. 4 with only a short break in May. The Statesman asked me to write these regular blogs during the legislative session and to continue them on a consistent basis. I don’t feel I can continue at this pace any longer.
Though I like writing these essays, I do have a job that I am paid to do. I had planned to continue writing these blogs on a regular basis until right before The College of Idaho goes back to classes in September. Lately, I have seen that I need to do much during the summer that will preclude me from writing this blog. I have not finished the two papers I am writing on my sabbatical research; I need to get prepared for my classes in the fall and the rest of the 2008-09 academic year; and I will have to spend time working as a member of the presidential search committee for the College. Besides, there are many more interesting things to do in the summer than pound away at the computer. I am also not a workaholic, Type A personality type.
I have certainly enjoyed writing this blog over the past few months. It has filled a place that was lacking in my life when I was away from teaching. I was able to communicate my ideas to others while also, hopefully, imparting knowledge of the political process in Idaho and beyond. That is what I usually do when I am teaching. The blogs have also improved my writing -- though others might disagree. Knowing my work is going out to a general audience makes for a very different writing style than academic work. I have always emphasized to my students to write to their audience and these essays presented a different audience for me to write to. The planning, drafting and rewriting have also made me a better writer.
I have also enjoyed the comments I have received on the blog, both written online and those communicated to me by other means. Many of your comments have been very worthwhile and have made me rethink some of my prior conceptions and premises. Sometimes I have thought the comments misconstrued my views, though that may have been due to poor writing on my part. I have never responded online to the comments. I have felt my role was to present a point of view and then allow the readers to develop the process as they saw fit. I will miss your comments though I didn’t understand all of the comments from ForeignOregonian. I assume they were funny.
I want to give special thanks to Brenda Gutierrez of the Statesman. Brenda posted every blog quickly so it was up early for everyone to read. Brenda also made many stylistic improvements that made my blogs easier to understand. I also liked her pleasant comments on my writings and her consistent encouragement.
I may return to the Statesman to write specific pieces on particular subjects though nothing has been decided yet. I may try to write a weekly blog during the state legislative session but again I don’t want to make any promises. Right now, all I am concerned with is the 100 days left to finish my sabbatical work and prepare for classes. Hanging out in my back yard, reading a good book and having my evening cigar are also on my list of important projects for the summer.
“Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu.”
And as always: Go Yotes.
Dr. Jasper M. LiCalzi
Department of Political Economy
The College of Idaho