To the editor:

After reading today’s article in VT Digger about the new South Burlington “newspaper,” I would like to share my support of the journalism of The Other Paper. In contrast to the comments of your critics in that article, I have found recent issues to be highly engaging and of interest. We are a large community and knowing more about the big issues and the small accomplishments makes me feel more engaged and connected.

The South Burlington Times is a great idea for a municipal communication tool. But that is a very different animal from a newspaper that follows journalistic standards. A local newspaper should report on local issues and our connection to national and global concerns, as well as municipal meetings and school sports. A local newspaper should not be beholden to city leaders or prominent residents but share the facts (news) and opinions (editorials) that give us the bigger picture.

I think The Other Paper has struck a good balance and hope you continue in the same vein.

Gin Ferrara

South Burlington

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