“And in the naked light I saw, Ten thousand people, maybe more. People talking without speaking. People hearing without listening. People writing songs that voices never shared. And no one dared, Disturb the sound of silence.
“Fools”, said I, “You do not know. Silence like a cancer grows. Hear my words that I might teach you. Take my arms that I might reach you,” but my words, like silent raindrops fell, and echoed in the wells of silence.”
–Simon and Garfunkel
It is the nature of small businesses that they come and go. Some don’t make it out of the starting gate. Some don’t make it past the three years required to be a successful business. Some live long and healthy lives, but at every time in the life of a business, retooling is required.
A restaurant needs to be redesigned and offer up-to-date menu items. A retail store needs to refresh its offerings and bring in new brands. The same thing is happening at The Mountain-Ear right now. The newspaper is for sale and it’s time for a change. We don’t know what those changes will be right now, but we know it’s time.
Everybody loves silence from time to time, and we humans often do talk too much, but communities need reliable information. For the past 36 years, The Mountain-Ear has been proud to bring to the Central City, Black Hawk, Rollinsville, Nederland and Allenspark communities the information they have needed to prosper and grow.
We have covered the fun stuff – the parades, the arts, the music and all of the wonderful events in the area. We have also been proud to bring news of more important things – fires and fire mitigation, county and city government news, accidents, courts and police reports.
In an age when the print media is on the decline, often providing minimal news and superficial accounts, The Mountain-Ear has taken the old-fashioned approach and offered 20 to 24 pages of news, letters and opinions every week.
We don’t know what direction new owners will take but we hope that our Peak to Peak community will not have to face the silence that goes without a community newspaper. Our talented neighbors and friends have too much to offer to keep our words from echoing in the wells of silence in the Peak to Peak area.