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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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Hyrum grocery store wants to expand

By Caresa Alexander

April 13, 2009 | HYRUM -- A request to expand Ridley's Market was presented to the Planning Commission last week.

The expansion to Ridley's will add to the existing Ace Hardware, which is located inside the store. The expansion will include lumber and a semi-permanent green house. A storefront and entrance will be added to the west of Subway restaurant.

Manager of Ace Hardware, Eric McBride, presented the site plan to the commission.

"I'm a huge advocate for business in Hyrum. I'm a big believer in growing the tax base," said Councilman Dave Bennett.

There were a couple of stipulations mentioned by Bennett. Some of the concerns included lighting, trash, landscaping, storm water retention, barriers and outside signs that would need to be addressed to meet city code.

City Administrator Ron Salvesen said the City Council is the land use authority. The planning commission could pass the plan with the stipulations and present the plan to city council for approval.

Even with the stipulations, Bennett seemed confident that they could be dealt with in a timely manner so McBride could continue with the expansion and still "keep everything kosher."

"Ridley's is an exceptional benefit to the city," said Bennett.

"The thing about the hardware is they've got everything," said Councilman Jeff Nielsen.

"If I don't have it I'll find it for you," said McBride.

Ridley's is at 780 E. Main in Hyrum.

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