- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Today, The Times celebrates an authentic milestone, the 25th anniversary of the founding of the newspaper. The Times was an unexpected second newspaper in Washington, born at the apogee of the Cold War, when despotism was on the march and traditional American values, like the American spirit, seemed to be in retreat and doomed to defeat. Ronald Reagan was new in town, stoking the fires of freedom and dreams of liberation, trying to buck up the courage of all who would join him in making a fight of it. He, like us, was greeted by the established big media with incredulity, suspicion, frustration, even anger.

But with the help of thousands of subscribers and readers who regard this newspaper as their own — believe me, I hear that from you, loud and clear — we have survived and prospered. We call The Washington Times “America’s Newspaper,” not because we think we’re the only important newspaper in America but because we try to reflect what’s good, what’s worthy and what’s genuine about the people who make up the land we love. We know you demand nothing less. We couldn’t have done it without you.

To help us celebrate, I asked you to tell me what The Times has meant to you over our first quarter of a century. The outpouring of calls, letters and e-mails was astonishing, and we were overwhelmed and pleased to hear that you think we have made a difference in your lives and in the life of the nation. I read every one of them, and this is a small sampling of your response. In return, I repeat my promise that we will never forget that we are an invited visitor in your homes, and we will work to be worthy of your gratitude and trust. God bless you all.

Wesley Pruden, editor in chief, The Washington Times

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