Parker spent life trying to help others

Being in the newspaper business is not always easy in terms of covering the news and writing opinion pieces about what's going on in our community, state or nation.

Relationships can sometimes be strained by things I print in the newspaper – whether its an actual news story or some of my opinions.

People get mad. My wife's been mad at me and some of my best friends have been mad at me. Sometimes I think my wife is still mad.

But the relationship between a reporter or editor and an elected official can sometimes be difficult.

I remember when David Stokes first told me he was running for the cou...