Municipal boards should consider taping meetings

Posted July 16, 2014 at 8:57 pm

By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

Woe to the Wilton Village Board, which prepared a “thank you for your service and goodbye” letter to Wilton-Norwalk Police Chief Steve Johnson based on a story in last week’s County Line, and woe to the Sparta Herald, which reprinted the story.

As Mark Twain once said, “Rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

Johnson evidently spoke words along that line prior to the Wilton Village Board meeting Monday, implying that it was all a rumor and that he had not resigned. The story, though, indicated only that he “intended” to resign. As he was not at the meeting, he also may not know that seven board members attended, along with two public works

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    Fourth of July a uniquely American celebration

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    Here comes Independence Day, and I think we all ought to take a moment to recall our second president, John Adams, who was so annoyed with the July 4 date that he absolutely refused to take part in any celebrations.

    The Constitution, he argued, was actually signed on July 2, and that, as far as Adams was concerned, was the correct birthday of the country. It

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    Teen on quest to help the hungry

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    Readers often tell me this corner of the paper is the most read, so pardon me while I use it for my own devious ends.

    In Ontario, we are in need of a few items for the educational exhibits at the Palen Park renovation. One is a pine cookie that is a slice of white pine, 2-4 inches thick off a stump or the butt end

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    Country life gives close-up view of nature's inequities

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    Living in the country is hard on us softies. The flat cat on the highway, the alfalfa field that froze out, the death of a favorite tree all occur with enough regularity to make one feel that living on the 10th floor of a high rise must surely spare a person from the inequities of mother nature.

    This was not an easy

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    Visitors remind us of region's beauty

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    ‘Tis the season for road trips, at least for some people. I like a good road trip myself, but it’s almost as fun watching the swarms of people passing through Ontario on a summer weekend. Like bugs on a windshield, there are too many to count. Most days a person could shoot a cannon down Main Street and not hit anyone, but come the golden days of summer,

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    Is Post Office declining by design?

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    It is an improvement. A few months ago, the County Line disappeared into the USPS black hole for two weeks. This time it was for only five days. It would be nice if we could print each newspaper with little legs so that each one of them could walk from Sparta to your home. Surely there is no town in the 546 zip code that could not be reached in five days by an able-bodied person or a newspaper with legs.

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    Local government goes beyond the mundane

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    Pity the poor headline writer thrashing about for a catchy phrase that would draw the reader into a story that, at its core, is just plain dull. Board meetings are often like that. Most months consist of necessary but tedious housekeeping duties. Sewer plant issues, street repairs and barking dogs all must be dealt with, but they hardly make headlines that grab attention. At times, I could cap the story with “Board

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