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February 17, 2009

Why I miss my hate mail:

"It's an odd thing to admit, but in a perverse sort of way, I actually miss the wretched river, the rancid flow of puerile, nasty, sickeningly homophobic email I used to receive on a regular basis from the ultra-right and the Christian right and the Mormon right and the Bush-impaired whenever I would post a friendly, pointed column full of tangy liberal attitude. . . . . Oh, I miss all the lovely and positive email too, which outpaced the nasty stuff by a huge margin. But the hate mail was very special indeed, great fodder for live readings, for the reaction of horrified disbelief of anyone who saw it, for the charming reminder of just how ugly and violent and grammatically challenged the human animal can be."

--Mark Morford, columnist, (2/13/09)

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Smithfield Council votes to join North Logan, Hyde Park for library services

By Blaze Bullock

January 23, 2009 | SMITHFIELD -- The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to start an intercity library with North Logan and Hyde Park.

The 5-0 vote came after a public hearing for a proposed county-wide library system. All of the members of the council said they were in favor of having a county library system but felt that now wasn't the time to do it.

Councilwoman Kris Monson said she wants a county library in the future but that now isn't the time.

"I wish we could do it but it just doesn't seem like the right time right now," Monson said.

One of the key reasons for city council members not wanting to start the county library project yet was the economy.

Councilman William "Dee" Wood said he would be in favor of having the library if the economy were better.

Councilman Dennis Watkins said that there's a movement to start the library project but that the economy plays a factor in getting the valley library.

Dwayne Erickson, chairman of the Library Board in Smithfield, said that it's not a decent library.

"The present library is small, inadequate, it's outdated," said Erickson.

Erickson was also very cautious in getting a new library and wanted city council members to be sure and know as much as possible about getting a new library before they vote for it.

"It's not going to be a simple matter to organize a county-wide library," Erickson said. "Be convinced that you know what you're voting for."

Jeff Gittins, Smithfield resident, echoed what Erickson said and warned against voting without knowing all of the details of the project. "I'd warn you not to enter into anything quickly," he said.

Steve Francis, a resident of Smithfield, has started a petition for the county library system and has over 700 signatures. Francis is from Weber County and said that the county library system works well there. He said that a county library is feasible.

Craig Petersen, chairman of the Cache County Council, has said that the library project is feasible but that it would require much more effort than anticipated. Petersen said he thinks the project should be put on hold until the economy gets better, and that despite what many people think, the county library wouldn't save money.


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