Head smears city
with false image
Many Herald readers have long lamented the fact the there is all too often a clear disconnect between an article’s chosen headline and the words included within the piece itself. This is a simple fact of journalism that most of us accept as a necessary evil intended to “sell papers” or “hook the reader.”
However the March 21 headline “Middlebury College students to study city’s trouble spots” is misleading at best and outright fraudulent at worst.
The students from the Middlebury Environmental Studies Senior Seminar program chose to focus on Rutland due to our successful rebirth and the positive buzz our community is receiving throughout the state resulting from our transformation as a forward-thinking hot spot.
Whoever is responsible for choosing the headline did a true disservice to both the environmental studies program and the community at large. To qualify our Creative Economy initiative (downtown revitalization, Wonderfeet Museum, bike path, etc.), our vibrant local foods system, and our energy innovation vision as “trouble spots” is simply beyond the pale.
When meeting with the students, I told them that our greatest challenge in Rutland is often ourselves. We at times can be a self-loathing bunch who unwisely focus on the negative instead of celebrating all the great things about our wonderful community. Your headline proved my point.
CHRISTOPHER C. LOURAS
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