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Open forum, April 14-20

Forum folks: Clark County's proposed charter is very much fluid still and I understand that there still will be some changes proposed to find more common ground. Look for some good ideas to come from Betty Sue Morris and others.

Please let your preferences be known by emailing the Freeholders ( or by attending the next meeting, Tuesday at 6pm at the Clark County Service Center. On the docket that night: nominations to replace the unfortunate loss of Val Ogden. Her husband, Dan, has volunteered to step in for her. Best choice, in my opinion.

I hold great hope that the Freeholders will demonstrate that diverse opinions can find common ground for the greater good. We shall see.

April 18, 2014 at 6:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 14-20

Ya gotta love Larry Flynt. He has a way of needling the opposition like no other.

Here's a national story that made me smile: Every member of Congress has received a Hustler in the mail from Flynt for 30 years now and some who oppose it can't stop him. Why not?

Hooray for the First Amendment!

April 17, 2014 at 5:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 14-20

knd: Did you finally subscribe to the Columbian? Just wondering.

April 17, 2014 at 9:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 14-20

I meant to type "country" of course, but "county" slipped out. It is my brain worm nemesis.

April 16, 2014 at 8:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 14-20

jacjak: Yeah. Being a reporter is a risky job in many countries. It is not so revered much here, anymore, either, but life and limb are not so much in peril.

Interesting, indeed, to note that the Pulitzer (Public Service) was awarded to two newspapers that broke the Snowden story, elevating the importance of his expose in some eyes and denigrating the awards in others.

We don't lack controversy in this county. :)

April 16, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 14-20

The Chicago Sun-Times is eliminating public comment for now because it has become so ugly.

April 15, 2014 at 8:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 14-20

Hawk: The building looks fantastic, by the way! Such a beautiful and functional upgrade! I, too, cannot wait to see it occupied.

Madore is seeking input from the public on who the commissioners should choose to replace Steve Stuart among the three options: Pridemore, Love-Parker, Barnes. He also is seeking questions from the public to pose to them (One of his FB followers suggests this broad gem: What do you think of C-Tran? Another, better one I saw: How do you intend to protect separation of powers?)

So, I hope all my Forum friends take advantage of this invitation, no matter how much you might distrust Madore's ability to digest what you might suggest with an open mind. Mr. Madore's email is: I'd CC his pal Mielke, too:

April 15, 2014 at 8:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 7-13

roger: We see blogging being protected by the courts in a similar way traditional journalism has enjoyed. The definition of "journalist" has expanded and they, like other professions, are tying to protect their "guild" and standards. We should license journalists the way we license other professions, but I can hear the hew and cry right now. Hoo boy. Regulate journalism like the UK?

The US has certainly silenced its own citizens over the terrorist reason before. Who really knows that the truth is in those cases? It pays to be skeptical and difficult to stay out of government firing range (there are many other ways the government can "kill" innocent citizens figuratively, when they don't like your message or research findings).

April 13, 2014 at 10:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 7-13

These are good times to be a government charlatan or brainless fool. Why? Watchdog journalists are a dying breed:

April 13, 2014 at 8:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 7-13

roger @ 6:38 am April 10: Thanks for your blog suggestion. I do read the Political Beat, but, I am traveling and not at my computer much. I will check it out.
For all of us here who are vocal about journalism ethics, please note: The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is revising its Code of Ethics. Some controversial changes are being proposed, but the public has a chance to comment.

A journalist friend, who used to be a public editor (ombudsman) before most of them were cut, wrote this to me today:

"The SPJ Ethics Code is being revised, as you may know. Go to their website and you can add suggestions to a draft. I plan to do that. The new version DELETES a sentence that says: "Encourage the public to voice grievances against the news media." Unbelievable!

Also on the chopping block? The caution against bias, I am told.

Here is another explanatory story of the SPJ Ethics overhaul from the American Journalism Review:

Get on the website and make your comments. Once the changes are finalized, they will be used to excuse actions you may not like, as news consumers.

April 11, 2014 at 8:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )