Letter to the Editor: Frank Schier’s legacy

Whether one agrees or disagrees with what appears on the pages of The Rock River Times or agrees with Frank Schier’s viewpoints, Frank’s unwavering support of the arts, the environment, renewable energy, and holding elected officials and government accountable are unmatched in the Rockford region.

Frank’s many gifts to the community – notably The Rock River Times locally owned and operated newspaper and the Rock River Trail Initiative and National Water Trail designation – should be celebrated and cherished. Now, more than ever, the community should rally behind these efforts to ensure they long endure.

The Rock River Times remains the largest independently owned weekly newspaper in the state. The independent voice provided by the publication is a rare and fragile commodity in today’s world of corporate media domination.

As the former senior assistant editor of The Rock River Times for more than a decade, I know well the sacrifices many have made – most notably Frank – to keep this independent voice alive. It has taken a tremendous amount of courage and resilience.

Please do not let Frank’s efforts or the efforts of his staff be in vain. Support Frank, The Rock River Times and the Rock River Trail in any way you can – by saying a prayer for Frank or sending him your well wishes, or attending the upcoming benefit, or picking up the newspaper each week, or making a donation to or purchasing an ad in The Rock River Times. Such an investment is one of the best that can be made in the Rockford community.

Thanks for your efforts, Frank, and best wishes. I still believe you will outlive the rest of us, but if that somehow turns out not to be the case, you can know your legacy will live on in those of us who have known you, worked beside you or read your words.

Brandon Reid
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Former Senior Assistant Editor, The Rock River Times

You can donate to Frank’s Fighting Fund on this GoFundMe page, and mark down to attend the benefit coming up Wednesday, November 9 from 5-10 p.m. at the Prairie Street Brewhouse.

4 thoughts on “Letter to the Editor: Frank Schier’s legacy

  • Oct 26, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Frank is known in many different circles. He’s served on many boards, founded organizations and worked alongside countless people in several capacities over the years. To say he never took on a task he wasn’t passionate about would be a grave understatement.

    And, as Frank noted, there have been some detractors along the way. And like dealing with all adversaries, some were worth the fight, others were not. But, the one thing he never relented was his passion and love for his newspaper. Frank has defended The Rock River Times–and the people employed to represent it–over and over again, without question. Those who know Frank or have worked for him know he will continue fighting for the paper that has given voices to those who otherwise may never have been heard.

    Frank, rest assured your legacy as an activist, community partner and journalist will certainly live on, no matter how long any of us have left on this planet. It’s all in the archives!

    Thank you, Frank.

    Jim Hagerty
    former TRRT reporter

  • Oct 27, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Thank you, Brandon Reid and Jim Hagerty, for sharing these thoughts which many of us are finding so difficult to express during this time. It is our heartfelt wish that the community that Frank has so faithfully served these many years will generously support him now.

    Thank you Frank for all you do. We love you.

  • Oct 27, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    When at times in this community we have seen the corporate take over of our media, Frank made it loud and clear that Rockford’s citizens needed a voice. The Rock River Times (Frank) has been that voice and continues a tradition that will always remain about the readers, not corporate profits, sales quotas, or purchased media bias. Frank’s legacy to this region is unmatched as the Environmental watchdog of the Northern IL Region. As Frank takes on his greatest fight, I wish him an old Irish blessing that “the wind will always be at his back.”

    Keep fighting Frank!

    Bill Rose

  • Oct 31, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Frank has always fought the good fight. He has given me a voice many times by publishing my writing. I have always admired his great spirit and his relentless pursuit of the truth. Frank, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Keep up your great spirit and attitude. Keep fighting. Paula Coulahan

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