To the editor:
In my 30 years in local elective office, I sincerely believe Tom Dalton, local journalist, is in an extraordinary league of his own. I truly recognize and respect the role and responsibility of great journalism. He is leaving an incredible and indelible legacy in the power of the written word. Journalism is a profession that helps define our time and reflects our times. His innate humility, honesty and humor is priceless. His value of experience is great in bringing the human face to each story, backed up by numerous sources. He is an inspiring journalist who inspired us. There are no shortcuts to good journalism.
Tom embodies the spirit and healing power of the written word. He sacrificed a lot of time from family and friends to be covering stories that have affected our lives. It has been a labor of love to be working in the field. Serious issues deserve serious attention, especially on the local level. He gave us a reason to believe in the written word. Truth and transparency are hallmarks of his journalism in each of his well-crafted stories. The volume of experience that he brought to each article speaks volumes to what made The Salem News worth reading each day. His inherent genius in capturing the right words embodies the best in his craft.
Journalism on all levels is being challenged by technology, but speaking truth to power is its foundation and roots. The press is considered the fourth essential branch of government. His tall, Lincoln-like stature, innate heart of gold and gentle humility will be dearly missed. He never had an ax to grind, which is a credit to the core mission of great journalism. He has great DNA from his mother and father, who spent their professions in journalism, covering a host of issues and stories. I am a great fan of his writing. If I may indulge in making up a word, Tom is Tomtastic, and we wish him and his family great happiness and joy in retirement.
Thomas H. Furey
Councilor at large