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Not much talk around town

I've been the editor for the Valley News for over seven months now. Surprisingly, the fixture I've had the most comments on has been the regularly-appearing "Talk Around Town" feature.

In case you haven't seen it yet, it includes a handful of local people responding to a question, along with a photograph of each person. It has appeared roughly every other week in the Valley News since last July.

The numerous people who have expressed positive feedback regarding its addition to the Valley News may have noticed that Talk Around Town has been absent from our publication for several weeks now. I assure you it's not intended as a permanent change.

The fact is, in case you haven't noticed, it's terribly cold outside this time of year. Pedestrians, who in the past have made up much of the participants in Talk Around Town, are becoming increasingly hard to find most days, and I'm not about to stand out on the streetcorner for half an hour waiting for the next one to pass by.

For several weeks, I have attempted to find a local venue, such as a coffee shop or diner, that might be so kind as to let me interview a few of their customers once a week. So far, the search has not been fruitful. Thus, I'm writing my column this week as a shameless cry for help.

If you have any suggestions for ways to find some random people who don't mind giving up two minutes of their time or getting their picture in a newspaper, please don't hesitate to contact me.

In the meantime, if you like to see local people responding to topics of interest, visit our newly-renovated Web site at www.denpubs.com, where you'll find reader polls in addition to breaking news stories, photo galleries, and plenty of other features.

Matt Bosley is the editor for the Valley News and Tri-Lakes Today newspapers. He can be reached at 873-6368 x216 or matt@denpubs.com.

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