This Week in Milford

November 25, 2019

Why Did Grandpa Lock Himself In His Bomb Shelter?


This is quite a strip. Three panels and six characters recapping the baffling actions of The Press in “exposing” the Chet Ballard/Chance Macy affair (without mentioning any names). We recap last week’s phone call from Marjie to Chance’s grandfather (with a rug?) and then we get a look at two Milford power couples to see how they prefer to consume their daily news. (One couple reads print and the other online, but both couples employ a “one reads to the other” technique. Ugh. Not a fan.)

So let’s talk about this story that The Star is running. There’s not much there, is there? I can’t understand why they are running the story. The School Board was made aware of Chet’s actions and they did their own investigation. Yes, Marjie (and friend) at The Star triggered the investigation by informing the Superintendent of the anonymous voicemail, but that’s not a story. If the Board takes action against Chet, then we have a story. Is there some reason that Marjie and her editors suspect that the Board will not be taking action even though the paper knows that the Board knows what Chet did? That would be a story too, but we haven’t been given any reason to suspect that this is the case.

The bottom line is that this story is sloppy and slapdash. Great, let’s print it!


  1. Good to see Kelly Krystek back. Wish she had more to do than read the paper, though. Maybe give her a mother whose always nagging her to actually marry Kaz?

    Anyways, every day is a slow news day in Milford.

    Comment by billytheskink — November 25, 2019 @ 8:24 am

  2. All that’s needed now is an appearance by Daphne’s double-D to amp up this hard-hitting, in-depth reporting

    Comment by franku2016 — November 25, 2019 @ 9:55 am

  3. Looking forward to Thanksgiving when Mimi wishes us a happy one as Gil is passed out on the couch clutching his bottle of rotgut scotch. TV party tonight!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — November 25, 2019 @ 9:58 am

  4. P 3 thought balloon: “….OMG! I hate Thanksgiving week….this moron is always in the room…”

    Comment by franku2016 — November 25, 2019 @ 11:59 am

  5. It’s true that the timing of the story is strange and that it’s hard to see why the Star would publish now. Maybe Marjie and her editor think the details will come out soon anyway, and that it’s better to make clear from the jump that there is no reason Chance should not be in school? Wondering if Tingleballs there, Chet, will try to explain to Charlie that he was trying to get him more playing time. Lots of slammed doors and ended relationships if he does…

    Comment by vaganova — November 25, 2019 @ 3:28 pm

  6. Ned,
    To paraphrase from the movie “The Taking of Pelham 123
    “Yeah, I can read, Gil.”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — November 25, 2019 @ 3:54 pm

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