Parma Observer Is 14 Years Old

Even Nostradamus couldn't have predicted the events that occurred between 2009 and 2023, and the world which we find ourselves today. We've been through quite a bit of turmoil since 2009 when the Parma Observer was born. Political upheaval, pandemic, even more political upheaval, and now profound social division and so much anxiety that seems to have spared no one. Through it all we have maintained our publication so that average people can have their voices heard as citizens in our community try to make sense of these strange and challenging times. Here we are in the middle of the third decade of the 21st Century, and we have no choice but to look ahead and face the world as we know it today.

It is the same as it has always been for the Parma Observer. We owe everything to our writers who volunteer their talent so that the community at large can read what the people are saying and feeling, and our generous advertisers who have all along supported our citizen journalism project. Our readers continue to this day to offer their opinions and ideas  in order to help us determine how best to serve the people in our community. When I despair, I remember all of the people throughout the years who have reached out to let me know how much they appreciate having a place where their voices can be heard, and it lifts my spirit tremendously. 

Change is one of the few guarantees in life. Some changes are welcome, while others are not. Since chance favors the prepared mind, it is best to be ready for changes and make the most of them whenever they come along. Our community is experiencing a certain level of transition in many ways, whether we realize it or not. One thing is certain- as time advances. inevitable transformation will take place in the Tri-City area of Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills. Will we make the decisions now that will have the best outcome for the future of our community that we all love? That remains to be seen. Crucial change occurs for a variety of reasons. People come, people go, growth takes place, opportunity arises. Often it is just a matter of the universe unfolding as it was meant to all along. Father Time. Nothing more elegant than that. 

Daniel P. McCarthy

I am the publisher of the Parma Observer. Lifetime resident of Parma for over 50 years.

Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 1:36 PM, 10.01.2023