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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)

Grant money denied for Newton's town building project

By Stephanie Hebert

October 5, 2007 | NEWTON -- The Committee Impact Board on Thursday denied a grant that the Town Council applied for to rebuild the Newton Town Building.

Greg Jorgenson said about the meeting, "It was pretty disappointing."

Everyone else at the meeting was awarded the money they asked for except Newton, said Jorgenson. Newton was offered a loan with a 2 percent interest rate for the amount that they requested, but the town was hoping for grant money, said Jorgenson.

The council voted unanimously to work out a contract with the Cache County Sheriff's Office for animal control. They would like to see the sheriff's office spend 10 hours per month between patrol time and incident time in Newton.

John Hester, who has taken care of Newton animal control for 30 years, has agreed to continue to take care of animal control through December. The council is hoping to have the Sheriff's office take over in January.

The council also talked about the town drain line and so far where the pipe has been checked it looks good.

The douncil discussed the Christmas lights that they would like to decorate the town with and the budget they have to buy new lights.

The council also approved a new fee schedule for hearing examiner costs.

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