April 13, 2017
Thank you Phil Pfuehler
Recently it came to my attention that Phil Pfuehler’s position as Community Editor at the River Falls Journal was eliminated. Yes, that’s correct; Phil will no longer represent the editor position in River Falls. It’s not my place to question or criticize the financial decision of the Journal’s parent company (Forum Communications Company) to eliminate the position but rather, to recognize and express appreciation for the service that Phil has provided to our community (and school district) over the past 18 years.
First, I have always felt the primary role of any journalist – especially a community editor, is to educate, inform, and draw to the attention of citizens, information regarding important “news” in their immediate area. Sometimes the editor also provides separate “opinions” – in either case, the local newspaper editor is providing news and information that the community might not otherwise become aware. A good journalist is an educator – Phil was a good one.
Phil provided an unbiased, well-balanced, and fact-filled account of the local issues. While I hold great respect for the remaining River Falls Journal staff, Phil will be missed. He has been a friend of our city, townships, and school communities. He will be missed!
Thank you, Phil, for your never ending quest to inform and educate our community on “thee issues”…….
Your impact on the future of our community will be part of your legacy, as you helped to shape “thee issues” that we should have all been paying attention to, and as a result, you helped to shape the culture of this very special community.
May you go with God’s speed…..
Mr. Jamie Benson
Superintendent of Schools
School District of River Falls