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  1. Editorial: Remember Last November

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    March 27, 2013 by wcobserver

    On November 6, 2012 the voters of West Fork overwhelmingly approved this ballot initiative: An initiative to Repeal West Fork City Ordinance 79, as amended by Ordinance 86; the City of West Fork is hereby authorized and directed to do everything necessary, proper, and expedient to dissolve the West Fork Waterworks and Sewer Commission, and establish a West Fork Municipal Water and Sewer Department overseen by the Mayor and City Council, to undertake the obligations and responsibilities of the West Fork Waterworks and Sewer Commission The Initiative that the voters approved by two thirds, instructed the City Council “to do everything necessary, proper, and expedient” to dissolve the current autonomous commission and have the water/wastewater utility brought under City oversight. It is the responsibility of the City Council, with the advice of the City Attorney to write an ordinance that will best accommodate the expressed wishes of the majority of voters and serve the citizens of West Fork for years to come. The City Council ignored the voters. Sit and take it or stand up.  

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  2. Facebook Fury Fuels Fright

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    March 11, 2013 by wcobserver

    Ouch.  Faulty fact checking on our part seems to have ignited a firestorm of wrath aimed at the Observer from facebookers. We posted a humorous editorial; (“Honey, Call Our Broker”) one that mentioned “humorous fabrication” and included a reprint of an article from a past April Fool edition (“West Fork Vote Dissolves City”).  The source of the intended fun was a bogus letter about am offer to buy West Fork’s city hall.

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  3. CHANGE OUR STATE BIRD?

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    February 18, 2013 by wcobserver

    Joe Neal CONCERNING THE PROPOSAL TO CHANGE OUR STATE BIRD In Arkansas politics, change is in the air. So of course I’ve been worried the current Arkansas Legislature might act to change our state bird from Northern Mockingbird to . . . well . . . what? If the Arkansas Legislature gets involved, things won’t stop at just naming a new state bird. First they would pass law mandating that we bird watchers on campus or church grounds carry concealed weapons, but of course, only if we want. I do currently carry a concealed audio recording device. Is that lethal enough? If you are having trouble visualizing, imagine Joe Neal as Dirty Harry, with a pistol in my pocket. Oops, I mean Sony digital recorder. If we wish to cast a ballot on changing the state bird, we would first present a state-mandated ID to prove our citizenship. Amazing. I’ve gotten by SIX DECADES without one! I had no idea Arkansas was in such danger from voter fraud! Superman and Supergirl both face threats from this law. Imagine if Legislative investigators discover the kryptonite!

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  4. Editorial: The Risk of Voting FOR

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    November 3, 2012 by wcobserver

    The Risk of Voting FOR The ballot initiative being presented to West Fork voters on Tuesday is a game changer. Voting to elect a mayor or council member has a built in safety valve; if your choice turns out to be a mistake, at least, it will be rectified when the four year term ends.  At the same time, if your choice works well for you, it may not be repeated with the next mayor or alderman.  This ballot initiative will change city government in a fundamental way; it will change how the individual components of city government are connected to each other.  To use a mechanical metaphor, the way the gears and wheels interact will determine the performance of the machine.  The ballot initiative is about the structure of city government, not the individuals who occupy any position in government.  Governments are the administrative equivalent of machines with interchangeable parts.

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  5. Speed Bumps; Do The Research Then Do Something

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    May 23, 2012 by Steve Winkler

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    [Click here or somewhere] Any discussion of the automobile will at some point become controversial and emotionally charged.  They’re a blessing and a curse. We hate them, love them; we love to hate them. We can’t live with ‘em; can’t live without ‘em. Cities, large and small, around the world devote exorbitant amounts of attention to the car’s pollution, regulation, parking, roads, and traffic control.  One device to reduce speed and volume is the “traffic calming” device introduced in 1970 known as the speed bump. Speed bumps, speed humps and speed tables began appearing in Fayetteville several years ago and the bumps arrived last year to West Fork. First, residents of Doke Street requested and got them, followed shortly by requests from Pleasant Street and Riverwood Street residents. Not everyone thought the “sleeping policeman” as they’re called in Europe were a good idea. Fire Chief McCorkel spoke against them at several council meetings noting the damage they can cause emergency vehicles and also resulting in slower response time. At the April council meeting it was reported  that “while it is a common practice to cut the middle out of a speed bump for kids on bikes and motorcycles, the removal of …

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  6. Stand Up and Step Aside

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    May 8, 2012 by Steve Winkler

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    It’s time for West Fork’s Water and Wastewater Utility Commission Chair Virgil Blackmon to step down. Under his leadership the commission has moved from being cited and fined for violation of the Freedom of Information laws to actually being unable to state with any certainty how many members are even on the Commission.

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  7. The Sweet Comfort of Validation

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    May 8, 2012 by Steve Winkler

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    We used to be suspicious of online articles. Who knows where they’ve been? Print media was the bulwark of journalistic legitimacy, we opined. Then we suspended our print edition and became a digital only publication. Now, we’re suggesting that online articles really aren’t as suspect as we thought. Funny how that works.

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