I enjoyed reading the story in last weekend’s paper about Erwin Ward of Alstead (“Remembering Chief Erwin Ward: an Alstead legend”) that was written by Steve Gilbert. It reminded me that we have been deprived of his very interesting writing now for quite sometime.

I also note that it listed him as a contributor, not a staff writer in the byline. Is he no longer a full-time Sentinel employee?

I realize the challenges faced now by print media in particular. I also realize the importance for the region to have a newspaper of record. I applaud your efforts to weather the storm.

BRUCE SMITH

18 Crain Road

Surry

(Note: Steve Gilbert left The Sentinel in early March, but has agreed to tackle some new assignments on a part-time basis.)