I don’t know about you, but the string of farewell columns this month has exhausted me. Familiar voices are suddenly quiet, and they’ll be missed.

A good opinion column is part of what makes a community. It gives us something to talk about, to argue about, to learn from, to bundle into a ball and throw in the garbage.

Whether it starts a civic conversation or a bar stool bicker, a well-turned column is good for the reader, and for society as a whole. There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of writing a column that can get a city thinking and talking — and maybe even change some minds.

I don’t mean to put my name in the same list as the long-serving, name-brand columnists who left the Chicago Tribune in recent days.

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David Greising

David Greising is the president and chief executive of the Better Government Association, joining the BGA in 2018. For nearly a century, the BGA has fought for honest and effective government through investigative...