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Friday, November 11, 2005

On journalists during wartime (for Veterans Day):

"[I]n the news media that covered the war both overseas and domestically, journalists also were willing to cooperate and do their
part. The public did not see journalists (and journalists did not see themselves) as being against the team. Journalists were part of the team. Some, such as roving correspondent Ernie Pyle, repeatedly visited combat zones even though they did not have to do so, and they paid with their lives."

--Michael S. Sweeney, press historian, 2001 (from "Secrets of Victory," about censorship during WWII)


VOTERS' GUIDE: Four candidates want to be mayor of Hyrum

By Sarah West

October 1, 2005 | HYRUM -- Four candidates are seeking the office of Hyrum mayor.

"The greatest asset that Hyrum has is its people," said Gary Clawson, candidate for mayor. "The people in Hyrum work together and I think they have a lot of abilities."

He said his main goal would be to finish the library that's been started. He said there's still some money that needs to be raised for that to be accomplished.

Another goal Clawson said he has is for the city council. "I think the main thing for Hyrum City Council is to work together and be positive in whatever they're doing." Clawson said he served on the city council for 12 years and really enjoyed it. He said a number of people asked him if he would consider serving again, this time for mayor, which he took into consideration.

Candidate Dean Howard said, "Hyrum's been good to me and I wanted to have the opportunity to give something back. If I win I'll try and do that, and if I lose, no hard feelings."

He said he believes the people in Hyrum pay their taxes for their water and many other things and "they're just about at their limits." He said taxes can never be eliminated, but his goal would be to keep them from increasing.

He said another hope of his for Hyrum is for an efficient government. "We've had good efficient government in the past, and I'd like to maintain that and if possible make it even more efficient."

Curtiss Parkinson, candidate for mayor, said, "Hyrum is a beautiful little place and it's growing a little faster than many of us would like it to. But I think if we use our heads and we're effective at it, the growth can be as beautiful as we'd like it to be."

He said he'd like to bring more businesses into town that will employ residents and hopefully those people who move to Hyrum will want to stay.

Parkinson said about his concerns with Hyrum's growth, "I decided if I'm ever going to do anything, it's now." He said Hyrum has a "fantastic water system" but that phase two of Hyrum's pressurized irrigation system needs to be finished which will make it gravity fed rather than pump fed.

Candidate Douglas Stipes said, "I feel it is important to make sure that when you represent the city that you represent all of the city, not just a neighborhood, not just businesses, and not just the citizens who are the loudest."

He stressed the importance of good communication between the dty administration and the city council and he said he hopes to improve on that by keeping the council better informed so "they can do their jobs better and respond to the citizens better.

Stipes said, "The mayor of a small but growing city is at the helm. Through his work, leadership, and abilities he can guide his city to safe waters or guide it into a tempest." He said the influence a mayor has depends on how they lead the council. "I do not want it to be led away from what we have worked so hard for."

There will be two polling stations for the primary election Oct. 4, one at the Hyrum city office, located at 83 W. Main, and the other at the Senior Center located at 695 E. Main.


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