The week between Christmas and New Year's is, in the newspaper world, often referred to as “dead week.”
While it's a happy time for most folks, it's almost universally true that life slows down for these seven days, shopping centers and malls being the universal exception. People take vacations, travel to see family or are just plain checked out for a truncated work week. News makers don't make news, and save for the sad fact crime and tragedy are omnipresent, there's just not a lot going on.
Then, of course, New Year's rolls around, and reporters dutifully travel to the swearing-in ceremonies of local elected officials.
For us here at The Spotlight who speak with local leaders day in and day out, these ceremonies can actually be a refreshing bit of news, soft as it may be. The new year can really be about new beginnings, and so it's nice to think for a moment that starting tomorrow, everything will be different.
We certainly hope that's the case in the Town of Milton, which recently welcomed several new leaders in just such a swearing-in ceremony. As Marcy Velte reports this week, newly-minted Councilwoman Barbara Kerr caused consternation amongst some in the audience when she referenced some of the recent legal troubles of past and present town officials.
While we must first and foremost warn that Highway Superintendent David Forbes is innocent until proven guilty of charges he was involved in a drug distribution ring, we'd also applaud Kerr for bringing up this subject in such a public forum.
Mr. Forbes' legal troubles may well be his personal business, but now-former Supervisor Frank Thompson was also under investigation for allegedly failing to list his wife's part-time job on a financial disclosure form (oh, and she pleaded guilty to stealing about $30,000 from an elderly woman, by the way).