'Taking Liberties' on the High Plains

  As a longtime HCN subscriber, I want to congratulate Ray Ring on winning the (George) Polk Award (I just got your e-mail notice of the award at The Chadron Record, where I am editor and publisher). “Taking Liberties,” his article on the Libertarian election initiatives, was a great example of how even a small paper can produce excellent journalism, and scoop the media giants. Nebraska was the target of one of the initiatives that Ray wrote about, a state spending cap, and I have no doubt that the attention generated by his article was a big reason the measure was defeated.

Thanks to High Country News for being an inspiration to those of us who work in small-town community journalism.

George Ledbetter
Editor and publisher
The Chadron Record
Chadron, Nebraska