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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)

Richmond receives belated but big bill from UDOT

By Brigitte England

October 17, 2007 | RICHMOND -- The Utah Department of Transportation sent a bill for $50,755.54 to Richmond city that would have been a bit more timely four years ago.

When Richmond undertook a $90,000 highway expansion project, an agreement was made that UDOT would pay about $40,000 and Richmond would make up the difference. This was over four years ago, but Richmond didn't receive the invoice to pay up until an hour before City Council meeting on Tuesday.

"This has just been made aware to us," City Recorder Justin Lewis said. "This caught everybody off guard because it's not accounted for anywhere. Until we can visit with UDOT to verify that this is the correct amount and everybody agrees to what's on this invoice, all budgets will be considered frozen."

The money owed is more than the entire yearly budget for the city library, the fire department, and the EMT department of Richmond. All records will be scrutinized and the minutes of previous meetings will be reviewed since the agreement has become little more than a recollection.

"From everything we've looked into at this point, it is legit," Lewis said. "We are going to owe it, and we have a problem."

Although the sum looks ominous, Lewis is optimistic that the funds will be easily found and the problem promptly wrapped up.

The council also approved a resolution to reinstate a sales tax of .0025 percent on some unprepared foods. The extra tax money will be going toward the Cache Valley Transit District.

Events in Richmond this week include a mass disaster drill Saturday at the Richmond fire station at 6 p.m., and a City Youth Council meeting on Saturday at 1 p.m. Residents are invited to come to the drill and get some emergency training from the fire and EMT departments. All the youth of Richmond are encouraged to come to the youth council meeting to see how the council functions, and consider being involved for the coming year.


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