Ronnie Staplefield

Editorial: Yes, Neighbors

Sled-Editorial-photo-FIIn 1897, newspaper magic happened. An eight-year-old girl, Virginia O’Hanlon, wrote a simple three-sentence letter to the New York Sun asking if Santa exists. Her father suggested she write: “Papa says ‘If you see it in The Sun it’s so.’” The power of the fourth estate. What transpired has become legend. The editor who wrote the response, Francis Pharcellus Church, who had been a war correspondent during the Civil War, used the opportunity not just to say whether or not Santa exists, but to highlight the importance of faith and believing in something larger than yourself. read more...