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ONCEMORE1 - Yard waste stickers a no-go - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Lower costs? Fewer pickups? Lower salary? The same trucks, running the same routes because some people will still be putting yard waste out. And if you think City workers will cut their own paid hours because of fewer pickups, you're delusional.
TheyRclueless - First bid for QHS expansion awarded - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
He's been contemplating his decision for the last several months while spending his time in Sarasota, Florida and still collecting his $180,000....very smart man to get away with that and still have the Board President say he's great!
HuhWhy - Yard waste stickers a no-go - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
If I were a betting man.... I would bet that the city council on Monday does not pass the budget. it will be like 9-5 opposed. Then a special council meeting on Thursday to try and pass a budget on Friday.
QuincyGuy - Kirk, Durbin praise Lynch\'s record after Senate vote - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
pjohnf - I couldn't have said it better myself. Aren't we, in Illinois, 'blessed' with representation in Washington? We can thank Chicago for that.
WarCry - Yard waste stickers a no-go - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
You're 100% right that it would change what some people do, including - it seems - yourself. And do you know what that would result in? Lower costs to the city. Fewer pick-ups due to people doing it themselves means lower vehicle maintenance. Lower salary expense due to decreased hours. Yes, some people would stop using the service, which reduces the EXPENSE of providing that service. The point…

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REBEL MEDIA: White House, feds win "Jefferson Muzzle" awards

1 year ago from Associated Press

The censorship-shaming awards are intended to draw a harsh light those who engage in the most egregious affronts to the First Amendment

The White House and the federal government have won the dubious honor of a "Jefferson Muzzle" for snooping on the news media and limiting access.

The censorship-shaming awards announced Wednesday by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression are intended to draw a harsh light on people and institutions that engage in the most egregious affronts to the First Amendment.

Other recipients included the governing board of Kansas' public universities. A new board policy says faculty members who use social media to disrupt "harmony among co-workers" or make comments deemed "contrary to the best interest of the university" can be fired. The policy was a reaction to a faculty member's statements on his personal Twitter.

The awards are announced each year on or near the April 13 birthday of Jefferson, a free-speech advocate and the nation's third president. Winners get a T-shirt with Jefferson's likeness and a black rectangle over his mouth.

Josh Wheeler, director of the Charlottesville center, said in the Muzzles' 23-year history, he can't remember a time in which free press issues dominated the awards.

"From the White House to the statehouse, from universities to high schools, members of the press have had to defend against a variety of challenges, some never seen before," Wheeler said in a statement.

The White House collected a Muzzle for limiting photographers' access at events deemed private. The presidents of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and The Associated Press have urged their members to stop using White House handout photos and video, saying they amount to propaganda.

The Obama administration has said the handouts allow the public greater access to the inner workings of the administration.

The U.S. Justice Department was singled out for seizing telephone records of AP reporters and editors and for falsely labeling a Fox News reporter a criminal co-conspirator to obtain a search warrant for his phone records and emails.

The Justice Department announced in February it was revising its rules for obtaining records from the media in leak investigations to give news organizations an opportunity to challenge any subpoenas or search warrants in federal court.

The National Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security earned a Muzzle for going after a retail website that sold T-shirts and products poking fun at government, including one product that featured a variation on the NSA seal and the statement, "The NSA: The only part of government that actually listens."


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