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Today's word on journalism

Monday, October 22, 2007

Can't Scare the Old Gray Lady:

"Good journalism for an intelligent general audience is hard. And we’re really good at it. Taking on The Times is not as easy as waving a credit card and proclaiming yourself 'fair and balanced. . . .' We have every reason to feel confident that we can hold our own if [Rupert] Murdoch decides to build The Journal beyond its business-reader base. In all the Murdoch parlor-gaming, I don’t hear anyone suggesting that he would attempt to match the depth of our coverage in culture, science, education, health, religion, sports, lifestyle, etc., etc. Not to mention business coverage that even devout Journal readers find they can't afford to miss."

-- Bill Keller, editor, New York Times, on Murdoch's promised Wall Street Journal challenge to Times national dominance, Oct. 16, 2007

Wellsville P&Z approves rezone over neighbors' objections

By Lukas Brinkerhoff

September 28, 2007 | WELLSVILLE -- The public was not in agreement with Wellsville city's proposed use for the block between 400 South and 500 South.

City Manager Don Hartle proposed the block be rezoned to accommodate a city yard for the public services department. The city recently purchased the lot with hopes of having the facility built within the next 10 years.

Hartle said the rezone was not necessary for the city to put the city yard on the lot but the initial plan was to allow a subdivision of three or four houses on the street. He also said that the current zoning would allow for the city yard but not for the subdivision.

Neighbors to the lot raised the concern of having heavy equipment that would be stored on the lot causing dangerous traffic for school children who use a park adjacent to the access road.

"The facility location will not cause interference with children." Hartle said. He said the public works begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. of that time the trucks would leave in the morning and return in the afternoon, avoiding the times of heavier use of the park.

The committee unanimously approved a motion to recommend that the Wellsville City Council approve the zone change. However, they followed up with a motion that alternative sites be considered and proven unworthy before continuing with the current plan.


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