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  1. Little Free Libraries Come to Winslow

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    May 8, 2012 by wcobserver

    Have you heard of the Little Free Libraries? A project to promote literacy and community started a few years back by two advocates of reading in Wisconsin, Little Free Libraries are popping up all over the country.

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  2. Political Spectrum: View from the Right

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    May 8, 2012 by Mike Landry

    Question: Washington County voters, on May 22, will decide whether or not to establish a quarter cent sales tax that would provide $7.5 million annually for Ozark Regional Transit.  Do you support passing this measure? Why or why not.   By Mike Landry Ozark Regional Transit (ORT) wants you to give them $7 million a year to build another government empire. The Empire of the Magic Buses. ORT wants a full-blown urban bus system for Washington County. And it’s all speculative. There’s no current demand for the service ORT proposes. Rather, it’s all based on the Field of Dreams concept of mass transit: “If you build it, they will come.” It’s magic. ORT says annual ridership will increase tenfold from its current 200,000 to 2 million by 2022. There we’ll be, lugging around our laptops, sales presentations, groceries, and infants. And we’ll be smiling as we whisk through Washington County on the magic buses because…because… Well, if they build it, we will come. And it gets better. With all the planned increased services and capital goodies of this empire (including getting rid of most of their little $70 thousand vehicles for full-sized $400 thousand buses), ORT has no plans to …

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  3. Political Spectrum: View From the Left

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    May 8, 2012 by Richard Drake

    Question: Washington County voters, on May 22, will decide whether or not to establish a quarter cent sales tax that would provide $7.5 million annually for Ozark Regional Transit.  Do you support passing this measure? Why or why not.   By Richard Drake As I write this, I am sitting in western Oklahoma, which, on a clear day, is sort of like seeing Northwest Arkansas in a funhouse mirror. This city does not encourage recycling, and sidewalks – oh, I still haven’t seen one of those yet, and I have been here a little over a week. There is no public access television, no volunteer citizen committees to advise local governments and no public transportation. It may be a city, but it doesn’t appear to be a community. It is Social Darwinism at its finest, and I can’t wait to come home. It is, however, the perfect place to ponder this question. I wouldn’t want to live in a city which lacks any of the above. To find oneself in such a place, which seemingly feels no need for any of them, boggles the mind. To paraphrase a quote from those great musical philosophers, The Animals, “I gotta get out of …

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  4. Letter to the Editor: Support ORT

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    May 8, 2012 by wcobserver

    You’ve heard the old saying, “give a man a fish you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for life.” So what if the man already knows how to fish but lives too far from the water to be able to fish.

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  5. Season of Migrants and Baby Birds

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    May 8, 2012 by Joseph C. Neal

    It’s the season of migrants and baby birds. Speckle-breasted baby American Robins are out in the yard, hunted by neighborhood cats. Owls are out in the day light, trying to feed ravenous young.

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  6. Staying on the Path

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    May 8, 2012 by Annie McCormick

    A longtime friend of mine is battling Hepatitis C. He’s currently on his second round of treatment. Besides the nastiness of the drugs used to treat the disease, he is struggling with another aspect of his treatment.

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  7. Public Service Announcements for the Week of May 8

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    May 8, 2012 by wcobserver

    NOTICE; A PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING THE PROPOSED REVISION OF THE WEST FORK ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR MAY 8, 2012 IN THE CITY ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM.THE CITY COUNCIL WILL RECEIVE PUBLIC COMMENTS AT THAT TIME, FOLLOWED BY THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED CITY COUNCIL MEETING AND DECISION ON THE PROPOSED ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE.COPIES OF THE PROPOSED ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE WILL BE AVAILABLE BY EMAIL OR IN PRINTED FORM ON MAY 4TH.  PRINTED COPIES WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE FRONT LOBBY OF THE CITY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING.INDIVIDUALS REQUESTING EMAIL COPIES MAY EMAIL THE MAYOR mayor@westforkar.gov.FRANCES HIME, MAYOR WIN SOMETHING NICE  Just in time for Mother’s Day! (May 13). The West Fork library is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a beautiful knit shawl made byJane Foster. Tickets are $1 each for 6 for $5.00, and the drawing will be Friday afternoon, May 11. REMEMBER MOM The Friends of the West Fork Library will hold its annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale on Friday, May 11 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Super Foods in West Fork. Flowering baskets and pots will be available for as little as $13 and all proceeds will benefit the West Fork Library. Any remaining plants will be for sale on Saturday …

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