It was Judy Garland in the 1939 classic movie “The Wizard of Oz” who said it best.

“There’s no place like home ...  There’s no place like home ...  There’s ...” she said as she clicked her heels together dreaming of returning to Kansas.

That’s how I feel about returning to my place here as editor of the Rolla Daily News. For nearly three months, I have been working in St. Robert and assisting the transition of the editorial staff at the Waynesville Daily Guide.


It was Judy Garland in the 1939 classic movie “The Wizard of Oz” who said it best.
“There’s no place like home ...  There’s no place like home ...  There’s ...” she said as she clicked her heels together dreaming of returning to Kansas.
That’s how I feel about returning to my place here as editor of the Rolla Daily News. For nearly three months, I have been working in St. Robert and assisting the transition of the editorial staff at the Waynesville Daily Guide.
I accepted the assignment the night after our Candidates’ Debate on Oct. 15 and on the next Monday, Oct. 20, I began an extended tenure there.
Certainly, I knew Waynesville and St. Robert, but there was little time just to get acquainted. Two editorial staffers Dan Hassett and Darrell Maurina — and the sports editor — Dave Roberts — transitioned out. Dan and Darrell pursued other careers and Dave, of course, rejoined the RDN staff.
Waynesville and St. Robert are great communities. I met some fantastic people and enjoyed my time there. Both cities are communities on the rise.
Still, it’s always terrific to get home, whether it be returning for a well-deserved vacation or three months of working for your company at another office.
With apologies to Dorothy and my brother who is working on his doctorate at KU, the Jayhawk state is not Missouri and her little town is no Rolla.
A lot has happened since I’ve left: There’s been an election, and we’ve elected a new president, and there have been other office changes, too.
All in all, it’s still the same Rolla, and it’s  great to be back in the RDN office.  I really didn’t think I’d ever say it, but I’m looking forward to attending another meeting — even a protracted budget meeting — at City Hall.
After all, three months really wasn’t that long. Unless of course, we’re counting the days — literally COUNTING — the days until March 1 when trout season opens.
(Alan Lewis Gerstenecker is editor of the Rolla Daily News.)