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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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Hyde Park council wants smaller water tank, solution to graffiti

By Mark Vuong

January 30, 2009 | HYDE PARK -- The proposal to spend $3,000 to reduce the current design of a 2-million-gallon concrete water tank to a 1.5-million-gallon was passed Wednesday at the Hyde Park City Council meeting by a unanimous vote. Councilman Bryan Cox was absent.

The 2-million-gallon tank design was finished and awaited permission by the city council to begin construction. Due to labor already having been put into creating the design, the city will need to fund the creation of the new design.

The council also addressed the graffiti problem in Hyde Park.

The proposal is property owners that are hit with graffiti have five days to clean it up. If the property owner is unable to clean it up due to disabilities, North Park Police Sgt. John Italasano said juveniles from the county court will provide community service by cleaning it up.

Council members, along with Mayor David Kooyman, expressed concern if the city was unable to get in touch with the owner.

"We have a lot of people that move down to St. George during the winter. That's six months," Councilwoman Carol Johnson said.

Italasano explained why the graffiti needed to be cleaned up quickly. "Graffiti is like a dog marking its territory," he said. "Gangs will come in and see the marking and say, 'No this is ours.'"

The proposal will have a public hearing Feb. 25.

Kooyman mentioned he will continue to search for someone to fill the vacant seat in the Planning and Zoning Commission left by Dennis Darley. He has contacted three people whom, he said, sounded as if they had no time or didn't want to make time.


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