This isn't a popularity contest
Itís not uncommon, when I meet someone for the first time and what I do for a living comes up in conversation, for them to ask: ďIs there ever anything to write about in Berryville?Ē
I just chuckle and say something along the lines of ďthereís something to write about anywhere if you pay attention.Ē
I believe thatís true, too, but I also believe Berryville ó and all of Carroll County ó is a place that has a lot of stories to tell.
Most of those stories are good, and we love telling those stories. Itís a priority for us, in fact. Things like stories about our local students excelling in academic and athletic competitions or our schools winning awards.
Sometimes, we have to write about divisive topics like proposed sales tax increases. Some of our readers might be in favor of a particular idea; others might oppose it. Our job is not to form your opinion for you, but to try to give you as much accurate information as we can and allow you to form your own informed opinion.
Covering crime and the criminal justice system is part of our responsibility, too. Iíve worked in cities and at newspapers where that kind of story was a daily fact of life. Thankfully, itís the exception rather than the rule here.
The front page of todayís paper features three crime-related stories. We didnít plan it that way; itís just the way things happened to shake out. As a matter of fact, the story at the top of the page came to us late in the process of putting together todayís paper but we felt it was important for our readers, so we did some quick re-arranging of the front page.
We understand there has to be a balance, and we do keep that in mind. We also understand there are stories some folks would rather not be told. Some folks might dislike me for telling those stories. Thatís a shame, but the fact is we are going to cover the news.