To the loyal members of the Barker’s View Tribe:
I have always believed that there is room for an alternative point-of-view in Volusia County. An opinion beyond the government soundbites and spin – a blog site that holds those in positions of high responsibility accountable.
Something that lets our ‘powers that be’ know the great unwashed masses are watching.
I believe we are making a difference. All thanks to your loyal readership and activism.
Writing Barker’s View has been incredibly cathartic for me, and it continues to be a source of pride that has returned a sense of purpose and much-needed social interaction – while the process of contemplating issues and writing my thoughts continues to keep my mind limber.
I also sincerely appreciate the many wonderful relationships this blog has allowed me to cultivate in the community. Barker’s View has supported my long-held belief that we all want to be listened to – and have our opinions considered and valued by those who establish public policy.
Thank you for listening to mine.
At the end of the day, I’m still just a guy in my boxer shorts banging out foul screeds when I feel citizens are being marginalized, abused or taken advantage of by their local government – but your response to the message, acceptance of my delusions and incredible friendship have been a true blessing in my life.
The best part of this forum is hearing your feedback, discussing differing opinions and arguing the fine points, because, in my view, that drives a larger discussion of the myriad problems we face in our community.
Sometimes you agree with me – other times you vehemently disagree – but we can remain friends and perhaps gain a better perspective through the civil debate of ideas.
I can’t think of anything more purely American than that.
On this Thanksgiving 2019, please accept my sincere thanks and deep appreciation for your loyalty, friendship, and for taking time out of your busy day to read, think and form an opinion on the critical issues and newsmakers of the day.
May God bless each of you, your families, and our men and women in uniform at home and abroad – our military and first responders – who go into harm’s way to protect us everyday.
From the Barker Family to yours – Happy Thanksgiving!