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Sex Offender Allegedly Offends Again; Sending Notes to Heaven

A look at the week that was.

I learned something this week. Well, in fairness, it wasn't something I learned per se, but instead reinforced what I already thought.

The lesson was clear following all the big national and state news that happened in the past few days. We had wall-to-wall coverage of the debate between “Smilin'” Joe Biden and Paul “The Widow’s Peak” Ryan (I’ve trademarked those names by the way), and in-depth coverage of the Thursday debate between Senatorial candidates Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy on both Friday and Saturday.

On top of that, we had a story about a massive recall by Toyota, another on a recall of Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats and a story about how the president of Connecticut’s higher education system mistakenly (cough, cough) to a few of his highest-ranking employees.

And you know what? If you added all the people who read those stories together on the site, it wouldn’t match how many people read a profile of Ivy’s Simply Homemade, a Waterford small business started by a woman with a dream.

So again, my theory was proven: what you guys – the Patch users – want is local news about the people and issues that directly impact Waterford. State and national stuff is great, but at least for this website, your more interested in the tax policies of Ron Fedor than Ronald Reagan, and I’m going to stick with that.

So, here is some local news. On Friday, we had a story about a boy who sends thank-you notes to his aunt. The problem? His aunt has passed and now rests in heaven, so the Waterford boy has to send her the thank-you notes via helium balloon, as his mom watches on, crying.

The early part of the week was dedicated to covering the race for the state’s 38th Congressional District, which covers all of Waterford and part of Montville. On Monday, we had a long piece on the incumbent, Democrat Betsy Ritter, and then on Tuesday we had another piece on the challenger, Republican Tony Siragusa.

On Thursday, we had a horrific news piece about a man who was convicted in 2008 of raping a Waterford woman being arrested again, which wound up being the most read story of the week. And on Saturday, we had a story about when and how Waterford could knock down Cohanzie School.

BarT October 14, 2012 at 12:21 PM
"Sex Offender Allegedly Offends Again" Great way to lead off a story by promoting fear and hysteria. This column is biased and promotional...a nasty little trend in unprofessional journalism these days.
Daniella Ruiz October 14, 2012 at 08:55 PM
On a more somber note, KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK! Grassroots publications are the CORE of our democracy, as the national corporate driven media wags can only fall from the high precipice they have wandered out upon! Those of us, way down here in the bottom lands of the backwoods boonies, where we muck about in our daily struggles, we take care of all the little things, the forlorn neighbors, pick up the nails in the streets, comfort and mend the fallen child with skinned knees.
Cheryl L October 15, 2012 at 12:40 PM
My theory, people already know your bias on state and national issues and read about them elsewhere. And unfortunately for the Waterford public, the ONLY place to read ANYTHING about Waterford issues is on the Patch. And as for your bias on local issues - "the tax policies of Ron Fedor". .. . . .the Patch bias on local issues?

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