Where do you go for local news, opinion and gossip?
Pepper Parr’s online “Burlington Gazette” was often the go-to place.
I say “was” because the Gazette “is” no more – according to its latest headline….
Regrettably, there’s no story beyond the terse message that “the Burlington Gazette is dead” – just readers speculating and commenting about its demise.
Those moderated comments need to be approved for posting. Presumably, Pepper is lurking in the background with his hands on the editorial controls.
Why the silence? That would be very uncharacteristic of Pepper.
When the Gazette disappeared for the first time in 2014 (for less than a month), I offered sincere words of praise. https://brianheagle.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/burlington-newspaper-folds/
“Pepper succeeded at achieving his main objective of narrowing the information gap between City Hall and citizens. For that, Burlington owes him much. Thank you, Pepper, and congratulations for a truly remarkable achievement.”
Two years later, that tribute to his valuable role as a dedicated volunteer and community observer still rings true, and louder.
This isn’t another CHCH TV closing up shop, then re-opening with reduced staff and a new focus. Pepper is the Gazette.
Perhaps, the Gazette will rise yet again.
But is this another hiatus? Or, is it a much-deserved retirement?
Will someone else pick up the Gazette’s torch?
Time will tell. And I’m confident Pepper will too.
*** UPDATE *** After posting the above, and as expected, Pepper revealed what was behind his decision to shut down the Gazette….
*** ANOTHER UPDATE *** Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Pepper now claims the Gazette is not dead – despite what he told everyone in a headline. It’s just resting.
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