Teresa Hislop says she is an open-minded conservative and claims that's not an oxymoron.
But that's not all she is.
"I am also a fiercely dedicated mother, a wholehearted science teacher ... and a lover of fresh blueberries and buttered popcorn," she said.
How could we deny someone who likes buttered popcorn the chance to serve as an at-large community member on the Standard-Examiner's editorial board?
So, beginning June 3, Teresa will join the other six members of the board to help the newspaper come up with institutional positions on burning local, national and, occasionally, world issues.
It was a tough decision, as there were a number of qualified, impressive applicants for the position. But in the end, we felt Teresa brought a welcome energy and unique viewpoint to the board.
"The fact that I still believe in and practice traditional family values makes me a conservative," the Ogden resident wrote us. "I also treasure my associations with my gay friends, am convinced that global climate change is an anthropomorphic issue that needs immediate attention, and regularly visit a prisoner who is charged with child molestation, not because he is a particularly good friend but because he is a friend and does not have anyone else.
"As an open-minded conservative, I will share with the board a non-judgmental viewpoint bookended by traditional values."
She is the mother of four and teaches the eighth grade at the Ogden Preparatory Academy charter school.
We look forward to working with her.
DOCS IN THE HOUSE: Alan Hall, one of our first community business columnists, has decided to discontinue his "Launching Business" column that appears every Wednesday in the Standard-Examiner. He says after writing a weekly column for 18 months he needs to wind down and concentrate on other projects.
In his place, we will begin running a rotating weekly column called "Examining Health," written by four area doctors. The doctors are part of a contingent of local contributors to What Doctors Know Magazine, a national publication with offices in Clearfield.
Here's the lineup:
Dr. Steve Porter is a board-certified gastroenterologist. He specializes in colonoscopy, upper endoscopy, pancreatic and biliary issues.
Dr. Raul Weston is a fellowship-trained specialist in interventional pain medicine, receiving his training at the University of Utah Medical Center and Huntsman Cancer Institute. After completing his medical degree from the medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, he completed his anesthesiology residency through the University of Utah.
Dr. Mark Newey was born and raised in Roy. He received his undergraduate degree in clinical laboratory science from Weber State University and his doctorate in dental surgery from the University of Oklahoma in 2000. He completed an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. He started his private practice in 2005.
Dr. Vicki Lyons is a board-certified and fellowship-trained allergist and immunologist. She has been practicing for 15 years.
Andy Howell is executive editor. He can be reached at 801-625-4210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.