The Citizen of Note award is always a Town Meeting highlight—a warm-hearted interlude in a long day of sometimes grueling debate. The award recipient always seems surprised, and pleased, to be recognized for notable contributions to the town. Here at the Press, we’re always happy to recap those accomplishments for our readers.
But this year, unaccountably, the Press got the award, and we’re at a loss for words. We like to think we make a valuable contribution to the town, but being journalists, we’re always surprised—and somewhat abashed—to hear that town officials think so too. It’s our job, after all, to make them a little uncomfortable, to point out their mistakes and shortcomings and call them to account. Maybe we haven’t been tough enough, or maybe this award is simply tacit recognition that tough times are upon us, we are all in this together, and mutual understanding is the only thing that will pull us through.
In any case, we’re very grateful for the town’s recognition of the work we do. We hope to keep doing it for many years to come.