My pal Dan Casey has a column in a local Roanoke daily today that pretty well defines the position of "metro columnist." It's about a tiny, but important detail of daily life that would go unreported without a guy like Dan paying attention. Already, he has apparently affected change in an unjust and probably illegal fee charged at a Roanoke high school just by checking into it.
I wrote Dan this note today:
Today's is the kind of column that makes you the best metro columnist the local daily has had ... well, I was going to say "since Mike Ives," but Mike never did anything like this. He just wrote pretty (and funny). So, we'll change that to "the best metro columnist in my experience," which goes to 1971.
Read the column here.