The Alpena News' Oct. 4 publication "Hope and Heroes," featuring the stories of local people involved in the fight against cancer, was an outstanding example of community journalism and to my thinking one of this newspaper's finest efforts. Personalizing cancer treatment and survival by focusing on our co-workers, friends, and fellow citizens in northeast Michigan brought the issue "home" in a whole new way. I offer compliments to your writing staff, every one of whom did a fine job of feature writing; to your production staff, who put the paper in our hands; and chiefly to the citizens who shared their stories with the community. Beth Matzke, Amy Traylor, Betsy Gonyea, Kirby Diemond, Susan Robb, Lisa Moggie, Penny Boldrey, Judy Burns, Jim Smithem, Karen McWilliams, Jeff Trelfa, and Kailea Hauff, speaking for the thousands of others who have confronted a cancer diagnosis and the many more thousands who someday will - gave us personal examples of facing this disease with courage and clarity. They inspired us by showing us new dimensions of the words "hope" and "survival." Somehow, this publication on something so devastating and ilfe-threatening was truly life-affirming. Great message; great work.
Betty Werth Westrope