Twice a year, our townwide edition gives us a chance to introduce new readers to their own hometown newspaper. As we do every week, we try to make this issue as informative and enlightening as we can, with a mix of news stories, columns, features, letters, photos, and notices about what’s going on in Harvard. We celebrate the achievements of town residents of all ages, from the outstanding student athletes who played their hearts out this week in tough playoff competition, to the seasoned gardener who happily lets her garden go wild in the winter. We document organized opposition to a town center sidewalk and parking plan, and the ongoing struggles of the Council on Aging to gain support for expansion of the senior center.
The issues we cover are complex, and we take seriously our obligation to be fair and unbiased in reporting on them. It’s easy to have an opinion; it’s hard to put those opinions aside and give an even-handed account of the many stakeholders’ positions. We know Harvard residents have a number of sources they count on to stay informed about the issues they care about—friends, family, neighbors, and various social media. At the Press, we see our job as doing the legwork required to frame a well-informed narrative, giving our readers a news source they can count on to be as accurate and objective as possible.
This week, we welcome new readers and hope they will become loyal subscribers. And we thank our longtime readers for their enduring commitment to supporting this paper and ensuring its survival