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PostSubject: Why is the Ortonville Independent not reporting the real news.   Sat Jan 03, 2009 8:30 pm

Why is the Ortonville Independent not reporting the real news.

It is the role of the newspaper to inform the public so that the public may vote with knowledge and make informed decisions. The most recent example was the Chicago Tribune reporting that the Governor of Illinois was selling the Senate seat held by President elect Obama.

In the last few years the Ortonville Independent has failed to inform the public of critical financial mistakes made by the Mayor. Is it because the Mayor is the accountant for the Independent?

Or is the failure of the paper to report news due to the large financial dependency upon the city for the newspapers survival.

The city could save almost $25,000 by finding alternative publication sources. This decision will be made Monday night. Is that on the agenda that the public is not privy too?

The bottom line is that the city is wasting money by not looking at alternatives and the newspaper has lost its credibility by having this financially-intimate relationship with the city.

The citizens of Ortonville should question this relationship, especially as it relates to future actions of this city. Below are the actual dates, check numbers and the amount of the checks from the city to the newspaper for the last year.

City of Ortonville

DATE CHECK NUMBER AMOUNT

12/16/2008 010651 $1,795.10 Outstanding
12/02/2008 010578 $ 440.80 Outstanding
11/18/2008 010514 $1,255.70 Cleared
11/07/2008 010469 $ 31.80 Cleared
10/21/2008 010337 $ 450.40 Posted
10/16/2008 010298 $ 95.40 Posted
10/07/2008 010242 $3,762.70 Posted
09/16/2008 010146 $2,305.50 Posted
08/07/2008 009891 $ 63. 60 Posted
08/0512008 009860 $ 223.20 Posted
06/17/2008 009563 $1,357.53 Posted
06/03/2008 009439 $1,865.10 Posted
05/06/2008 009234 $ 357.40 Posted
04/22/2008 009151 $ 4.50 Posted
04/09/2008 009041 $1,880.20Posted
03/18/2008 008932 $1,931.60Posted
02/2012008 008778 $1,566.50Posted
01/04/2008 008504 $2,798.50Posted
12/18/2007 . 008402 $1,529.40Posted

TOTAL $23,714.93
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PostSubject: Where were they?   Mon Jan 05, 2009 10:27 am

I don't recall anything being said about the city purchasing the clinic until a few days before it was a done deal. Detective

According to the minutes of the city council meetings there was a representative of the newspaper at the city council meeting discussing this on November 17, 2008 on page 4 of 6. Why didn't the newspaper print a big front page story then? It was over a month later when it is a done deal that the paper printed it on the front page. Why the secrecy? In the past the paper has written stories of what the city council talked about at meetings before the city submits the minutes to the paper to print.

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PostSubject: Re: Why is the Ortonville Independent not reporting the real new   Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:23 am

The Ortinville Independent does look a little dependent doesn't it.
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PostSubject: Did the Independent report the news too Late?   Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:15 pm

Did the Independent report the news too late?

The court administrator in Ortonville has been eliminated and more cuts are eminent. See the video in the center portal.

We began reporting this problem almost three months ago and nothing was done. Others were too busy printing marshmallow news. As a result one of the most important function of the media is to provide a check and the traditional media failed to balance government.

The media did not encourage to correspond with our state legislature until it was too late.

The video produced this past Monday say there are more cuts coming. We need to be more proactive.

The last paragrpah of the article tells us how badly the other media missed the issue.

"Apparently, for Traverse and Big Stone Counties, and others in more sparsely populated areas of the state, it's already too late."

As the area continues to create regional centers the leaders in the media and the city leaders sat idly by. A sign we need new leadership.

It was not as if we missed the story.
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