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Today's word on journalism

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)


Logan cancels public forum after candidates boycott

By Brock Anderson

October 29, 2005 | LOGAN -- Two mayoral and two City Council candidates in the upcoming Nov. 8 election have chosen to boycott the Logan City-sponsored televised public forum, scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, prompting the city to cancel the event.

Logan Mayor Doug Thompson made the announcement Friday morning. "I'm really disappointed that they would choose to boycott this," Thompson said.

The forum was to be held in the council chambers and televised on Channel 17.

Thompson said Peter Brunson, Randy Watts and Steve Thompson did not like the previous forum that was held and think there should not be another one because of low citizen turnout. They also said they would just be saying the same things they've said before. Tami Pyfer called the mayor last week to say she would not be at the event, but would send someone in her place. Paul Morgan and Tom Kerr were the only candidates willing to participate in the forum.

Thompson said only 9 percent of registered voters participated in the primary election. He hoped the forum would help people vote more intelligently and encourage a larger turnout on Election Day. Final elections usually draw about 20 to 25 percent of registered voters, but Thompson doesn't think the numbers will be as high this year.

"I don't blame the public for being upset and not voting," Thompson said. Most of the candidates have not addressed the issues and have avoided many questions. He also said he has not seen much advertising for the candidates or received literature concerning their views on the issues.

Thompson said one of the main issues in this election is cutting city services. Some candidates would consider selling services such as the Ellen Eccles Theatre, the golf course and some local parks.

Thompson said the candidates don't understand the city budget. Eighteen months ago the city did have financial problems, but Thompson said the city is currently in good condition. Logan has a long history of cultural activity and Thompson would hate to see future city officials elimate such services in order to cut costs.

Out of all the candidates, Thompson said the only person he is publicly supporting right now is Morgan. He said there has never been a more qualified person for the city council. Thompson said Morgan's background in Geographic Information Systems, and working on the Planning and Zoning Comission, would be valuable assests for the city council.


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