Sierer was epitome of citizenship

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 29, 2008

American Democracy is built upon the foundation of civic involvement, citizen leadership and a healthy dose of skepticism toward how the government represents us.

Ironton resident and longtime newspaperman Paul W. Sierer embodied these traits and can still teach all of us lessons about caring for the community.

The 81-year-old passed away late last week, leaving a void in the close-knit community in which he was known to speak up for what he thought was right and never afraid to take governmental leaders to task for things he felt were not being handled properly.

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In this day and age where many people are afraid to stand up for what they believe and certainly not willing to get involved, Sierer was a breath of fresh air that wouldn’t hesitate to tell you what he thought.

And the Ironton community became a better place because of his character, his principles and his insights that forced many in the community to evaluate the status quo of life in the Ironton area.

After approximately four decades working in the journalism field at the Huntington Herald-Dispatch and the Ashland Daily Independent, Sierer knew how to read between the lines and was never afraid to ask questions.

It is that level of dedication that led him to have an active role in the “I Care for Good Government” grassroots civic group that worked to keep Ironton’s politicians working in the best interest of its citizens.

Even in his retirement, Sierer never forgot what role a newspaper should take in its community. And he always made sure The Ironton Tribune knew where he stood on key issues.

Paul offered intelligent criticism, heartfelt praise and just general advice that helped make this newspaper better even though he never worked here a day in his life.

Sierer was barely one month short of celebrating 50 years of marriage to his wife, Dorothy Dickenson Sierer. The type of commitment he displayed in his marriage was the same commitment the veteran showed for his craft, his community and his country.