Area newspaper saves civilization: one school lunch room at a time
Having dropped the ball on reporting the latest developments in the single biggest issue for West Fork residents, it seems the NW Arkansas Times has resorted to creating issues where none exist. The big news in town last week, of course, focused on Steve Caudle, owner of condemned property at the corner of Main and McKnight. He requested a restraining order in federal court which was subsequently denied, allowing the City to move forward with its decade long effort to remove blight from downtown. The Times didn’t report that, The Morning News did.
The Times, however, has reported twice in recent weeks and today offers an Editorial on an issue that according to it’s own news article is a non-issue for West Fork residents. A Times reporter attended a School Board meeting where among other topics there was a problem solving discussion about cafeteria efficiency. The Board explored the idea of installing new finger scanning technology that is used in several Arkansas schools. The Board did not vote to use the device. There are no plans to install the technology. The Board was simply doing their job – exploring options to solve problems.
The tone of today’s Times Editorial is designed to appeal to fear and paranoia. We at the West Fork Zephyr certainly encourage citizens to pay close attention to the workings of government at all levels. We suggest this is best done by making government transparent and increased citizen participation. We prefer reason over emotion when discussing public affairs.
In fact, we got a bit of a chuckle with the Times’ worn out “slippery slope” argument. Connecting Bush’s secret spying on world wide terror suspects with the lunch room ladies trying to speed up the serving line seemed a bit of a stretch.
Zephyr to Times: Get real.