Letter: Headline Was a Winner

To the Editor:

I am not aware of a Pulitzer Prize for headline writing, but there ought to be one, and your headline composer should win, without a doubt.

Many days I scan the front page of the Valley News whispering the headlines to myself for their captivating messages. They are so much more satisfying than the news that follows.

But Thursday’s headline took the cake. Is there a newspaper in the free world that would lead the day’s news with “Manure Pile Spontaneously Combusts at Windsor Goat Farm”?


Daphne P. Gratiot



Manure Pile Spontaneously Combusts at Windsor Goat Farm

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Windsor— At the municipal offices downtown, Police Chief Stephen Soares compared the stench wafting through Windsor Wednesday to the smell of “burning rubbish.” Town Manager Tom Marsh said it evoked “a damp kind of burning leaves or brush fire.” And at least one person thought it smelled like bacon. Alas, a town official says the cause was something less redolent: …