The infamous "memo" - when is a plan not a plan? | Street Jazz

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The infamous "memo" - when is a plan not a plan?

Posted By on Sun, Nov 18, 2007 at 11:02 AM

Excellent overview of the whole Government Channel situation in Greg Harton’s editorial in the Northwest Arkansas Times today. It’s a very complicated subject, made even more so by the infamous memo which was delivered to us all this week, which seemed almost deliberately vague as to what the future would hold.

It’s not even a plan . It’s more like a plan to have a plan - after you get rid the employees that you don’t want, and the types of programming you don’t to see on the Government Channel.

There is just so much that is short-sighted about the plan. I know that some at C.A.T. have had problems with Marvin Hilton, the current cable Administrator, and may be celebrating the fact that the plan calls for his removal. But this is like throwing the baby out with the bath water.  The celebration is, in fact,  so short-sighted that it takes one’s breath away.

You simply have to take Marvin Hilton out of the equation, and think in more realistic terms.

Having the Cable Administrator in place is part of the safety rung the public has in place, in the PEG system. Plans in the memo call for a sort of Public Information Coordinator - someone whose duties have not actually been determined as of yet - who may not actually have much contact with the public.

From the description in the memo, the Coordinator may well be just a glorified clerk, more accountable to masters in City Hall than to the public.

Who benefits from that? Well, not the public, that’s for damned sure.

And even if Hilton is forced out by the folks in City Hall, the removal of a man who has worked so diligently on behalf of the public in Fayetteville for over ten years is incredibly disrespectful. If it is time for Marvin Hilton to leave, his exit should be negotiated so that he can leave with more self-respect and dignity than his bosses are affording him.

Their current attitude  borders on outright contempt.

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Candy Clark - Chapter Two?

From the Northwest Arkansas Times

Because of Zimmer's statement, Coody intends to suggest a change in city code that would require all members of city committees, commissions and boards to refrain from rude, derogatory or abusive comments.

Thursday night a Telecomm Board member made a remark that was inappropriate - to put it mildly. To be honest, it went right over my head until after the meeting. But as Chair, I am responsible for the behavior as Telecomm Board members, so I will write letters to newspapers and the City Council apologizing for his behavior.

But this proposed change in city codes that would require bar everyone to refrain from behavior that is rude or abusive? Who determines what is rude or abusive? The Civility Police?

This may well give the mayor the ability to go around Candy Clarking (remember her?) anyone who is overly sarcastic, sharply critical, or refuses to abandon a line of questioning that City Hall doesn’t like.

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Photo Ops from Heaven

Dan Coody is a red bandana?

Ye gods.

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At last - some good TV news this week

Kudos to the folks from “Abbey of the Lemur,” who were profiled in the Northwest Arkansas Times today.

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I never heard of anyone who was really literate or who ever really loved books who wanted to suppress any of them. Censors only read a book with great difficulty, moving their lips as they puzzle out each syllable, when somebody tells them that the book is unfit to read. - Robertson Davies

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