Dennis Stockton is resigning after 10 years as publisher of The Times. I would like to write an open letter describing what Dennis has meant to the paper, its coverage, and the area as a whole.
I am reminded of other publishers who have played a similar role throughout the paper’s history from the time Charlie and I founded it in 1947. For instance, Sylvan Meyer and Lou Fockele. The Times has grown under his leadership; specifically, it has two satellite weeklies which are now being published in Braselton and Flowery Branch, as well as the HOME and LAKE magazines.
Dennis’ leadership is shown in the enlightenment and freedom of the people of North Georgia, which is best described as it is found on a big sign that hangs over at The Times’ downtown Gainesville office which states: “Guided by the constitutional principle of the public’s right to know, we dedicate this building to the continued enlightenment and freedom of the people of North Georgia.”
Dennis, we hate to lose you, but we do hope whatever choice you’ve made for your future will bring you the same satisfaction and pleasure that you have enjoyed at The Times. Goodbye, Dennis, and thank you.
Lessie B. Smithgall