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Editorial: A letter to our correspondents

Dear Friends,


We intended to do this anyway, really: but the recent letter from Paul Vanden Bout of Susan musing that some of our frequent correspondents might indeed be “undeclared members of your staff” makes it seem more appropriate.


During 2013, the Gazette-Journal printed 407 letters to the editor in its perennial Readers Write column. These came (to the best of our reckoning ability) from 260 correspondents, most of whom were individuals, with a few writing as couples or groups. Our frequent correspondents accounted for quite a few of the letters, it is obvious.


Local issues dominated the letters column with the majority of letters written. That’s as it should be in a local paper. Frequent topics which became familiar included Page Middle School, Gloucester schools, Mathews ditches, trash and litter, the environment, the local economy and encouragement to shop locally, and a huge variety of other subjects pertaining to matters ...

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