Column – Tribute offers ‘poetic’ salute to sesquicentennial

Published 7:59 pm Friday, January 13, 2023

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In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Suffolk News-Herald, here’s a “poetic” tribute from a humble avid reader and contributing guest writer-columnist of this award-winning publication, Suffolk News-Herald.


I am the voice of the community

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The mouthpiece for everyone in the city

I serve with pride, honor and dignity

With veracity, objectivity and integrity.


I report news in their entirety

I profile achievements that inspire many

I chronicle events for all generations to know

As they live their lives wherever they go.


I tell stories for the community to share

Stories that are relevant, balanced and fair

I expose crime, violence, indifference and inefficiency

Prompting actions from our diverse residents in our city.


I promote health, sports and fitness for everybody

I celebrate growth and progress of the city

I value information and education for all

That’s exactly my vision, mission and goal.


I deal with questions, problems and plans of the city

I seek input, answers, solutions from everybody

I hold public officials accountable for what they do

I share their success making the city prosper and grow.


As I continue to publish our city’s story

Which becomes a part of our history and legacy

I urge you all citizens of our beautiful city

To get involved in our quest for peace, liberty and equality.


Chris A. Quilpa, a retired U.S. Navy veteran, lives in Suffolk. Email him at