'Nothing endures like change'

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By Richard RoBards

I'll admit that when I learned 11 days ago that the company I'm working for is going to shop itself around to potential new owners, you could have blown me over with a feather.

Thirty-five years (3 1/2 less than I've been with my wife) will solidify a feel-good relationship. Times do change.

I've been asked what's going to happen by fellow employees and the public alike. I wish I had THE answer they're looking for, because uncertainty breeds wild thoughts - most of them a waste of productive concentration.

But, yes, there will be change. There already is. There isn't a job in town that doesn't change from time to time. People, technology, processes - they all compete with our work day for some sort of peaceful career path.

There's a level of comfort unsurpassed by being able to put a face to just about every name at your central office more than 75 miles away in Shelbyville.

There's a level of comfort knowing that your sister publications in virtually every adjacent county have your back from time to time. The Landmark News Service has stood the test of time.

There's a level of comfort that a solid culture with strong ethical convictions brings to your pillow each night. Sleep comes easier when you know there's a consistent goal to approach each and every day.

There's a level of comfort when employees and the community seem to be happy with what we do and a conviction to improve when they aren't so happy.

Even so, it's human nature to be concerned about one's future.

Dan Smith, a writer for Know More Media, said in a recent written piece: "Business people smart enough to buy such a valuable property should also be smart enough to realize a good thing when they have it, and that changing it too much will most likely turn a good thing into a failure."

Smith believes that Landmark's media properties will remain strong regardless of the ownership as long as employees continue to provide value to their products.

It will be no less a challenge in the interim to continue to add value to people's lives - sale or no sale.

Landmark, a family-owned media company, has always held strong values and ethics in the highest regard. Like a wife of nearly 40 years, you're not always going to agree on everything, but the areas of disagreement are seldom fatal.

Landmark has put its employees first - offering them the training they need to do a respectable job. The company's beliefs in fair and balanced reporting, a hard line on access to Freedom of Information and community service have made my 35-year work marriage one for the ages.

Our work will go unchanged until we hear someone tell us differently.

We're going to continue to do what we do. It's what we do, and not who owns us, that creates the vitality we're looking for in a community publication.

Look around at the change in your life - the mergers and buy-outs of other businesses and companies in town. It's an unfortunate but real staple of the business world.

Until someone tells me differently, we're still going to publish twice a week as the Central Kentucky News-Journal, owned by Landmark Community Newspapers Inc.

Heraclitus, Greek philosopher said: "Nothing endures like change."