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Everybody Has One

Everybody Has One

Tempers are running high in Jefferson County. There are several emotional issues that are facing, or have faced, our County in the past few months and it has left many residents feeling a little raw. For those that are not stakeholders in the sense that their daily life is going to be impacted by these [...]

Lots of Assumptions

Lots of Assumptions

I often wish that things were as easy as they seem to be, yet very few things ever are. I have spent a considerable amount of time looking for information on the Megasite proposal. Sure, I know that it is temporarily out of the spotlight. But, when the time comes for a request for additional [...]

Trusting or Complacent?

Trusting or Complacent?

Sometimes I wonder if we are a trusting society or complacent. There is a responsibility that is inherit in positions of power to know the facts and to act upon them. It is too easy, especially in small, tight knit communities, to just take everything at face value. In another time, that might have been [...]

Win or Draw?

Win or Draw?

Last week the Jefferson County Commission voted 14-4-1 to approve the initial funding for the Megasite project. The vote came as no surprise to those that keep track of the actions of the County Commission. Attached to the motion to approve, was a motion that would eliminate the use of County funds for the Megasite [...]

I Am Impressed

I Am Impressed

As a journalist, I witness a lot.  I attend practically every meeting and every function of every governmental body and service, so I have the distinct advantage of seeing first hand what goes on in our community.  Rarely am I shocked or surprised. Sometimes it seems as if the County is immersed in fighting, with [...]

There Really Are Some Easy Answers

There Really Are Some Easy Answers

Lots of stuff that could seriously impact JeffersonCounty took place this week. Some, like the Megasite funding that was approved by the County Budget Committee by a slight margin, have the eye of most of the public. For it or against it, most JeffersonCounty residents are aware of it. It is the hot button issue [...]

Long Term Issue

Long Term Issue

It seems like all the news in Jefferson County is surrounding the proposed Megasite and it is possibly the most long term impacting issue that Jefferson County has faced since the County moved to one centralized high school. This week the County Budget Committee will be faced with a request for $600,000-the initial portion of [...]

Astounding

Astounding

It is astounding and scares me a little that the same people that are driving a $300 million dollar project in Jefferson County can’t seem to plan an informational meeting and put out a few refreshments. Last weeks “informational” meeting was a joke at best and a travesty at worst. I seriously doubt that one [...]

Megasite

Megasite

Oh what a difference a week makes. Last week the County was still basking in the good will of the holidays and looking forward to the progress of a New Year. This week the good will is in short order and progress has taken on the persona of a four letter word for some in [...]

Dropping of the Ball

Dropping of the Ball

This week Jefferson County welcomed a New Year. With the dropping of the ball, it was out with the old and in with the new. Let’s hope that our local politicians take this opportunity to do a little cleansing, as well. After a few weeks apart, perhaps they will have made peace with their differences. [...]

Passing of General Norman Schwarzkopf

Passing of General Norman Schwarzkopf

I was saddened this week by the passing of General Norman Schwarzkopf. He will be remembered for his part in the success of Desert Storm and his forthright way of meeting an issue head on, with little or no fan fare. The first President Bush, his Commander and Chief during that turbulent time, is in [...]

Editorial – World Didn’t End

Editorial – World Didn’t End

This is the season of giving and hope, peace and love. If you are reading this editorial then you obviously know that the world did not end last Friday. For those that were putting off making decision and changes because it just might not matter…well, guess what…the sun rose on Saturday and the world still [...]

Editorial – All About The Holidays

Editorial – All About The Holidays

This week should be all about the upcoming Holidays, but we all know that the topic on most people’s mind is the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Families ripped apart because of a terrible decision made by an obviously disturbed young man. It was a senseless act that will reverberate on and on. [...]

Editorial – We Live In Our Own Country

Editorial – We Live In Our Own Country

Am I the only one who has noticed that many of the people celebrating Obama’s victory are doing so as if he was a family member? As if their honor, above all else, rested on his campaign? I am not attacking Obama. I am using him as the most readily available example. This behavior was [...]