Editorial – Nov. 5, 2012


Bon Voyage

Jamestown Gazette Editor Walt Pickut

Life is a journey, they say. If they are right, then the journey is as long as your life. Travel well.

Are you taking the scenic route or the fast lane, a bumpy road or just landing wherever life dumps you at the end of every day? Mark Twain once said, “There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.”

So if you are a little bored or disappointed with your journey so far, or maybe just for today, this might be a good time to take another good look at the scenery passing you by. Take the advice of the ancient wise man who said, “It is better to travel well than to arrive.”

This week The Jamestown Gazette invites you to take a ride on the railroad with us. The reopening of the beautiful and historic Jamestown Gateway Station brings the adventure and romance of a journey on the railways back to the 21st Century.

If you weren’t able to get downtown last week to celebrate the Grand Re-Opening ceremony, perhaps a quiet stroll through the station this week will be just right for you. Reflect on the journey you have chosen, or on the million undreamed-of possibilities that may still lie just around the next bend up the tracks.

It could be a sentimental journey for Veterans Day, like the one Jamestown resident Doug Benson and his small band of WWII war buddies share with you on page XX. They set out in 1943 from that very station, a bustling hub of commerce in those days, and headed for the European and Pacific war theaters as brave young men. Nearly 70 years later are still here to tell the tale of a journey they are still on, full of unimagined twists, turns, rewards and joys.

The station might also be an inspiration for journeys yet un-started. I defy anyone to look down those shining tracks without dreaming of adventures, unknown countries and new worlds waiting to be discovered.

“My heart is warm with the friends I make, And better friends I’ll not be knowing, Yet there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take, No matter where it’s going.” ― Edna St. Vincent Millay, The Selected Poetry

Bon Voyage. Enjoy the read.

Walt Pickut
The Jamestown Gazette

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Walt Pickut
Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.