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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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Paradise won't be a happy place for speeders

By Aaron Mecham

April 17, 2009 | PARADISE -- Paradise is going to be less lenient with speeders, especially those coming from Avon.

Deputy Ramirez of the Cache County Sheriff's Office attended the Paradise Town Council meeting on April 15 to discuss concerns the council might have and how he can help make Paradise safer and more enjoyable to live in.

Ramirez said, "Coming from Avon the limit is 30 and the average (speed) is 50 to 55."

He said he has been mostly writing tickets for 20 mph or more over the speed limit because he has been able to catch many speeders going considerably over the limit, but the council asked him to be less lenient so that people will start slowing down even more.

Ramirez said he wanted a copy of the town's noise ordinance so when he received complaints he could know what the law was that he needed to enforce

"I need something to go off of," he said.

The council discussed adopting a new ordinance that had special conditions for those using noisy equipment for work related situations. There was some discussion about what was reasonable for noise and what was too stringent.

"When do your rights end and your complaining neighbor's begin," Councilman Leland Howlett said.

Ramirez said most towns had an ordinance that stated if you can hear music from 50 feet away it was not compliant with the ordinance.

Also discussed at the council meeting:

-National Incident Management System plan adopted

-A place for a Farmer's Market held on Wednesday nights


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