From the Publisher - Betsy Judge, The Island Reporter


By Betsy Judge

It is hard to believe that December is here already. They sky has been grey all day for the first time in quite a while. Looking out the window, I can envision a crisp, late fall day except for the balmy 72 degrees and the beautiful oranges I see on my neighbor’s tree.

I just received a delightful hand written note this afternoon from Milka Bamond, our own St. Pete “Rosie.” On the eve of the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, I think it is fitting to share her thoughts. She wrote, “There are special times when E-mail is just too impersonal. Wow!! Am I overwhelmed or what? How do I thank you? The story is just a perfect way to reach other ‘Rosies” who may have forgotten our contribution to the war effort. Frankly none of us could every imagine ourselves as more than just workers trained to do tasks totally alien to anything we imagined. It was the ‘FIRE of Patriotism’ that fired us up as a nation.

A single-minded goal, ‘America had to win the war.’ I am determined to find a way to re-ignite that patriotic passion by reaching the youth of America–for they are the ones who will shape the future of our country … Thank you, most sincerely Betsy and Larry Lewis. He was most considerate, patient and gentlemanly. He does a fine job for The Island Reporter.” Thank for what you did Milka and to all those who answered the call to serve our nation, particularly in WWII.

Happy December and Happy Holidays.