To the Editor:
We wholeheartedly agree with the April 30, 2017 op-ed in The Herald about the crucial importance of local journalism and the need for those who work at small newspapers “to stand up taller.” Titled “Community Journalism Worth the Big Prize” it states “community newspapers know their communities and the serious publications, no matter what their size, aren’t afraid to shed light on the good, the bad, and the ugly.” Art Cullen, the editor of a small Iowa newspaper (Storm Lake Times), won a Pulitzer Price for helping to unveil the corporate donors behind a lawsuit over nitrate pollution in local rivers.
On July 26, 2017, Protect Our Watersheds CT, a group of concerned citizens formed to oppose Tilcon’s proposal to quarry 131.4 acres of protected watershed, held a community forum at the New Britain library titled “What’s at Stake.” Close to 100 people attended, including state legislators Sen. Terry Gerratana and House Rep. Michael Demicco, New Britain Aldermen Don Naples and James Sanders, Jr., Southington Town Councilwoman Victoria Triano, and members of the Connecticut Botanical Society. After, there was a lengthy and thoughtful question and answer period. The Herald, aware of this event well in advance, neither publicized nor covered it.
Water is a precious and vital resource to all of us, but more importantly to the generations which follow. If the protection of New Britain’s watershed (and its possible unprecedented destruction) isn’t newsworthy, what is?
Richard L. Judd
Paul E. Zagorsky