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Today's word on journalism

Monday, November 5, 2007

On Objectivity:

"I still insist that 'objective journalism' is a contradiction in terms. But I want to draw a very hard line between the inevitable reality of 'subjective journalism' and the idea that any honestly subjective journalist might feel free to estimate a crowd at a rally for some candidates the journalist happens to like personally at 2,000 instead of 612 -- or to imply that a candidate the journalist views with gross contempt, personally, is a less effective campaigner than he actually is."

-- Hunter S. Thompson, from Fear & Loathing: CORRECTIONS, RETRACTIONS, APOLOGIES, COP-OUTS, ETC., a 1972 memo to Rolling Stone editor Jann S. Wenner, excerpted in the current (November 2007) issue of Harper’s Magazine (Thanks to alert WORDster Andy Merton)

Nibley approves development, once wetlands concerns are addressed

By Kelsey Koenen

October 1, 2007 | NIBLEY -- At a recent City Council meeting, the council first denied but finally approved work to begin on the Zollinger subdivision at 3350 S. 1500 West, on condition the council is assured that wetlands will not be harmed.

Argument ricocheted off the walls regarding the new land development. For over an hour, council members debated the need for a wetlands specialist to inspect the area for the subdivision to ensure no wetlands were being destroyed before pipeline and irrigation construction was allowed to begin.

"Wetlands are sensitive lands, they need to be addressed," Mayor Gerald Knight said.

Paul Leishman, president of Nibley Blacksmith Fork Irrigation Co., brought a checklist to the meeting to review and gain approval from the city council to begin construction for the irrigation pipeline. The land is over 14,000 square feet.

The motion to approve phase one construction, although heavily debated, was rejected on a 4-1 vote. Councilman Bryan Hansen wanted approval without the wetlands inspection.

Thayne Mickelson chose to amend the motion on condition that the council receives a signed letter from the wetlands association saying there was no wetland concern here.

"As a city there's only so much we can do, but as a farmer and a past farmer I want to make sure the irrigation is there," Councilman Scott Larsen said. "Too often times things fall through the cracks." Larsen addressed the council changing in the next few months and wanted to assure that this new subdivision was dealt with correctly before the project began.

Mayor Knight encouraged that the meeting move on and all voted in favor for the construction to begin with the wetlands approval letter except for Larsen. Later, City Manager Larry Anhder said the work might not begin until as late as next fall.

In other business, a proposal for a new slogan with the new Nibley city decals was made. The League of Cities public relations campaign initiated the "Making Life Better" slogan and soon could be adopted after the approval of the city council.


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