The Labor Day holiday is a time to pause and consider the value of everyday work.
Over the past six months, many workers have been nothing short of heroic by continuing to show up each day at hospitals and clinics, fire and police stations, grocery and drug stores, senior-care and mailing facilities — and in so many other occupations that provide essential products and services.
The COVID-19 pandemic also has thrown thousands of Oregonians out of work, which undoubtedly makes this a bittersweet Labor Day for them. So many of us derive purpose from our jobs — but taking one day off to commemorate "labor" loses its meaning when the rest of your days are spent waiting for a callback.
Here at the Pamplin Media Group, we devote a great deal of resources to telling the stories of people in the workforce, especially during this pandemic. We've also have chronicled the recent journey of so many small, family-owned businesses that have struggled to reopen and attract the minimum number of customers needed to remain financially viable. They've been heroic in their own right, as they provide jobs and services to their communities.
Looking inward to our own company, our reporters, editors, insert crews, press operators and other employees also have soldiered through this health and economic crisis to make sure that the essential news about your community continues to be covered and delivered, whether in print or digitally.
Their jobs are made possible through the support of our readers. If you are in a position to do so, please consider joining with the tens of thousands of readers who've chosen to help save local journalism by purchasing subscriptions to our newspapers and websites.
We build strong communities through great local journalism. For us, it's a labor of love. But our work also has an economic effect as we raise awareness of local businesses and highlight the financial impact of a community's collective workforce.
We can only do that with your backing, and we thank you for your ongoing support.
-J. Mark Garber
Pamplin Media Group
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.