Sad to be saying goodbye to adopted home

September 10, 2003

Dear Editor:

In August 1977, I moved into a little apartment on Church Street overlooking the Burger Queen and Ollie's Trolley. My, how things have changed in downtown Danville - some for the good, and some not. But in the 26 years that I have been in this community, one thing hasn't changed and that's its uniqueness.

Since then, I have traveled the state extensively. Everywhere I go, people praise this town as being one of the best Kentucky has to offer. I agree.

So it saddens me to say goodbye to my adopted home. For a number of personal and professional reasons that I'll not bore you with, I am relocating to Lexington. It hasn't been an easy decision, but I'm leaving the community that has embraced my children and me for nearly three decades.


It hasn't always been a bed of roses. I can recall a number of times when the newspaper and I were on philosophical poles. Yet I never lost my respect for the views from the other side of the political fence and can only hope that the editorialists never lost their respect for my opinion on various matters of importance to Danville and Boyle County. Healthy debate is just that - healthy.

In the years that I have been here, I have tried to give something back to the community that has meant so much to me. The level of success is arguable, but the effort has been genuine. I look now at Millennium Park with a small measure of personal pride and accomplishment. If I have only one legacy that I leave with Danville, it's that I was a part of the dedicated group of youth advocates who helped see that whole affair through debate, agreement, ground breaking and rejoice in the gem that we now boast.

Long-time readers of the Courier-Journal will remember the great editorial cartoonist, Hugh Haynie. He used to weave the name of his wife, Lois, into the lines of his Pulitzer Prize-winning pictures. Upon their divorce, the text changed for one memorable cartoon - Adieu Lois. And so it is with me. Danville and Boyle County will, forever, be woven into the fabric of my very existence. But now, I must bid you adieu.

"City of Firsts" is a misnomer. As far as I'm concerned, Danville will be the city of firsts, lasts and always. If you're ever in Lexington, look me up.

Phil Osborne


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