Is the Star telling stories again?

Dateline: Tue 09 Sep 2008

Will Higgins' front-page story Monday on former Indiana Gov. Ed Whitcomb was, as we like to say, a good read.

It reminded some of us how much we miss the newspaper's story-telling skills; as former features writer Bill Shaw regularly demonstrated, there is nothing like a good yarn to hold reader interest.

In fact, Shaw had told Whitcomb's story back in the late 1990s, when he was a very prolific features writer. Not too much has changed for the onetime politician since then: he is still living in Rome in Perry County, and he is still invested in river life. However, as Higgins noted, he does have a girlfriend now.

Higgins has the sort of talent that should be utilized regularly for such a long, well-placed tale. He and Phil Richards are probably the paper's strongest writers now. So whomever dispatched Higgins down to Southern Indiana made a good call.

More of this, not less. Especially now that a favorite cartoon "For Better or Worse" is fini, we need stories.

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