Columnist Dave Rasdal, who started at The Gazette in 1979, announced in a column published Monday that he will be moving on in March.
“There’s a saying in newspapers: Once the ink gets in your blood, it’s there to stay,” Rasdal wrote. “But, sadly, the ink isn’t what it used to be.
“As computers hit the market some 40 years ago, experts predicted the impending death of newspapers. For a long time that seemed to have been greatly exaggerated.
“Today, you can read on your computer how newspapers have died, how they’ve cut back on staffing, how they must refocus.
“… In the past few years, some of my friends and co-workers have left for other pursuits, retired or had their jobs eliminated. Nine of them were let go last month.
“I too am leaving The Gazette, the newspaper business, behind. Sometime in March I will write my final Ramblin’ column. So, I will be here a while longer.
“For now, I have come to another fork in the road,” he concludes. “I know not where it leads.”
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