Good luck to Jason Thomas, who is leaving the News and Tribune to join Business First as managing editor.

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During Jason Thomas’s time at the News and Tribune, we often agreed, although there were a few spirited disagreements. It’s even possible that I was in the wrong on occasion, but no more than once or twice.

Jason always listened, always engaged, and always replied. I respect the hell out of these traits because they’re rare hereabouts, and while I wish him all the best at Business First, his departure is a blow to local journalism in our neck of the woods.

The ranks of quality are thinning, and Bill Hanson isn’t exactly improving — something I reminded him about earlier today.

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Good luck to Jason Thomas in all his future endeavors in journalism. He’s a classy guy, and we need more like him.

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