From the miscellaneous drawer

by Anne Swenson

Longtime readers of the Ely Echo know that I’m a fan of Anu Garg (words at
People from all over the world who want something helpful daily in their mailbox look for strange words or the quote of the day like the following:
If I can do no more, let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth’s sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won. -Louisa May Alcott, writer and reformist (29 Nov 1832-1888).
We have been lucky at the Echo since its beginning almost 50 years ago. Among the recognized writers and columnists besides Bob Cary were Sam Cook, Doug Smith, Jim Dale Vickery, Nick Wognum, Walt McElderry, David Krikorian, Pam Roberts, Trout Whisperer, Ken Hupila, Diana Mavetz Petrich and some who have been forgotten over time.
One of those Echo writers was David Backes who recently retired as journalism professor at the University of Wisconsin. Building on his past, Dave’s new book is: “A Private Life, The Journals of Sigurd F. Olson.” The book which was edited by Backes, sells for $29.95 from U of Minnesota Press.
So thank you to Tom Coombe who continues the Echo’s tradition as an excellent writer, editor and reporter.
When I look at the weekly Echo I marvel at all the columns, stories and revealing thoughts that are produced. Thanks to the teamwork of a dedicated staff over the years. And special thanks to the governments and advertisers which are the foundation of the weekly Echo. And special thanks also for our many, many subscribers.
We are surviving this terrible time and hope you are too. Take care and we invite you to share your letters and photos anytime.