Read & respond: It's a function of the newspaper 2011.10.19

Written by David Green.

A couple of recent articles in the Observer brought out a reaction among some Fayette readers. Village council members may not have appreciated the response, but as we see it, everything played out the way it should—well, almost.

An article was published about a proposal to change the speed limit on Main and Fayette streets, and that drew a letter to the editor and some opinion expressed at a meeting.

Similarly, an article about a sidewalk repair proposal also brought some members of the public into a council meeting.

In each case, council members received some feedback from residents that helped form their view of the topic. That’s the way it should work: float a proposal—or in this case, discuss someone else’s proposal—and see what the public thinks. 

Perhaps council will pick up a new idea or appreciate hearing another view about a topic. Or if it’s something that no one seems to like, at least council members will have something to help back up their decision.

There’s one way where this process can fall apart, and that’s what happened recently. Sometimes the discussion proceeds merely on rumor rather than on fact. Some complaints about the sidewalk proposal were based totally on hearsay and not on information given in the newspaper. That’s when an angry citizen walks in to complain about something that doesn’t exist.

We’ll continue to cover the discussions of area governing bodies, but unfortunately, we can’t make people read the words.

  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Front.cowboy
    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.base Ball
    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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