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May 8, 2009

The Last WORD

The Fat Lady Sings, Off-Key, Drools

At about this time every year, like the swallows to Capistrano or the buzzards to Hinckley, Ohio, the WORD migrates to its summer musing grounds at the sanitarium —St. Mumbles Home for the Terminally Verbose.

The reason is clear, and never moreso than as this season —the WORD's 13th —peters out.

It's been a fraught year of high palaver and eye-popping transition, both good and not-so-much. An interminable presidential campaign saga finally did end, and in extraordinary and historic fashion. Meanwhile, the bottom and everything that's below the bottom fell out of the economy, with families, homes, entire industries and —of particular interest to WORDsters and the civic-minded —dozens of daily newspapers ("I don't so much mind that newspapers are dying--it's watching them commit suicide that pisses me off." --Molly Ivins). . . all evaporating. What replaces them, from the individual to the institutional to the societal? Are we looking at a future of in-depth Tweeting?

As any newsperson or firehorse knows, it's hard to turn your back on day-to-day catastrophe --we just have to look at the car wreck. But even the most deranged and driven need a rest. As philosopher Lilly Tomlin once observed, "No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up."

So this morning, as a near-frost hovered over northern Utah, the unmarked van pulled into the driveway and the gentle, soft-spoken men in the white coats rolled the WORD out of bed and into a straitjacket for the usual summer trip to St. Mumbles, where the blathering one will be assigned a hammock and fed soothing, healthy foods --like tapioca, dog biscuits and salmon --while recharging the essential muscles of cynicism, outrage, sarcasm, social engagement and high-mindedness, in preparation for the next edition.
Summer well, friends.

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Se da a conocer el plan revisado de la biblioteca del condado

Escrito por: Gideon Oakes

2 de abril, 2009 | LOGAN ­ Luego de más de un año en el planteamiento, el pasado martes en una reunión conjunta entre el Consejo del Condado de Cache y el Consejo Municipal de Logan, fue revelada la nueva propuesta para un sistema bibliotecario en todo el condado.

En lugar de recomendar un sistema que se lance hacia todo el condado, tres miembros del comité propusieron un programa alternativo donde los residentes del condado que se encuentran en aéreas no incorporadas puedan acceder a la Biblioteca de la Ciudad de Logan por un costo de $75 al año. El condado pagaría una cuota de $30, para un total de $105 para la ciudad.

El programa sería establecido por un periodo de dos años iniciando en el mes de julio, posterior al cual pudiera ser extendido, finalizado o modificado.

De acuerdo con la propuesta, los resultados del plan piloto serán usados con el fin de evaluar la necesidad de una biblioteca para el todo el condado.

“La propuesta que [el Concejal de la Ciudad] Jay [Monson] y yo estamos sugiriendo el día de hoy es muy modesta en comparación con un sistema bibliotecario que abarque todo el condado,” dijo H. Craig Petersen, miembro del Comité y director del Consejo del Condado de Cache.

Traducido por: Anavel Alcantara


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