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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)

Hyrum needs more time to smooth out its sidewalk law

By Dallin Koecher

October 22, 2007 | HYRUM -- After another night full of discussion and debate, the City Council decided Thursday they needed more time to smooth out the cracks in the city's sidewalk ordinance for new subdivisions.

According to Mayor Dean Howard, the current ordinance prohibits a homeowner from getting an occupancy permit before sidewalk and gutter are in place. The problem the council faces now is whether or not to allow homeowners to move in before the all the concrete is poured, and making sure developers keep their contracts.

"You can get burned," said Howard, speaking of past experiences. Howard knows about the headaches caused when developers don't finish their subdivisions as planned, and he doesn't want that to happen again. The new ordinance will be designed to hold the developers responsible for their subdivisions.

"That's all this is, that they live up to their contracts," Howard said.

The council will once again take a vote on the new ordinance Nov. 1.

In other business the council did approve a preliminary site plan for Blacksmith Village a new subdivision located at approximately 800 East and between 500 and 700 South.


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