Posted by pauldingcommunityblog on October 19, 2013
The Village of Antwerp is working on a new comprehensive plan to help create a new long-term vision for development and redevelopment.
A new comprehensive plan will help define what residents want the community to look and feel like in the future.
There will be two primary opportunities to weigh in on the development of a new comprehensive plan for Antwerp. First, a short survey has been developed. This survey can be taken on-line at www.surveymonkey.com/s/AntwerpComprehensivePlanSurvey
Secondly, sometime early in 2014, the Village of Antwerp will be holding a community planning workshop.
Wow, good idea, Antwerp! Other communities should follow your lead. Opinions should be solicited, never suppressed.
Thomas Krick This is great. I commend those who initiated this project. They have an active community development organization in the ACDC. Great job to everyone involved. It takes the entire community to weigh in on what they want the community they live in to be – this is the quality of life issue they will determine. WOW!!!!!!! I think the village initiated this project. I am inspired by this project and I do not live in Antwerp. This renews my faith that we can still accomplish this in Paulding. Had worked on revisiting the original Paulding Plan and updating the plan, but no one seems interested – if they are, as usual that faction remains silent and elusive.
Posted by pauldingcommunityblog on October 17, 2013
The first three years of the Project’s work involved listening and talking with journalists and others around the country about what defines the work. What emerged out of those conversations are the following nine core principles of journalism:
1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth
Democracy depends on citizens having reliable, accurate facts put in a meaningful context. Journalism does not pursue truth in an absolute or philosophical sense, but it can–and must–pursue it in a practical sense. This “journalistic truth” is a process that begins with the professional discipline of assembling and verifying facts. Then journalists try to convey a fair and reliable account of their meaning, valid for now, subject to further investigation. Journalists should be as transparent as possible about sources and methods so audiences can make their own assessment of the information. Even in a world of expanding voices, accuracy is the foundation upon which everything else is built–context, interpretation, comment, criticism, analysis and debate. The truth, over time, emerges from this forum. As citizens encounter an ever greater flow of data, they have more need–not less–for identifiable sources dedicated to verifying that information and putting it in context.
2. Its first loyalty is to citizens
While news organizations answer to many constituencies, including advertisers and shareholders, the journalists in those organizations must maintain allegiance to citizens and the larger public interest above any other if they are to provide the news without fear or favor. This commitment to citizens first is the basis of a news organization’s credibility, the implied covenant that tells the audience the coverage is not slanted for friends or advertisers. Commitment to citizens also means journalism should present a representative picture of all constituent groups in society. Ignoring certain citizens has the effect of disenfranchising them. The theory underlying the modern news industry has been the belief that credibility builds a broad and loyal audience, and that economic success follows in turn. In that regard, the business people in a news organization also must nurture–not exploit–their allegiance to the audience ahead of other considerations.
3. Its essence is a discipline of verification
Journalists rely on a professional discipline for verifying information. When the concept of objectivity originally evolved, it did not imply that journalists are free of bias. It called, rather, for a consistent method of testing information–a transparent approach to evidence–precisely so that personal and cultural biases would not undermine the accuracy of their work. The method is objective, not the journalist. Seeking out multiple witnesses, disclosing as much as possible about sources, or asking various sides for comment, all signal such standards. This discipline of verification is what separates journalism from other modes of communication, such as propaganda, fiction or entertainment. But the need for professional method is not always fully recognized or refined. While journalism has developed various techniques for determining facts, for instance, it has done less to develop a system for testing the reliability of journalistic interpretation.
4. Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover
Independence is an underlying requirement of journalism, a cornerstone of its reliability. Independence of spirit and mind, rather than neutrality, is the principle journalists must keep in focus. While editorialists and commentators are not neutral, the source of their credibility is still their accuracy, intellectual fairness and ability to inform–not their devotion to a certain group or outcome. In our independence, however, we must avoid any tendency to stray into arrogance, elitism, isolation or nihilism.
5. It must serve as an independent monitor of power
Journalism has an unusual capacity to serve as watchdog over those whose power and position most affect citizens. The Founders recognized this to be a rampart against despotism when they ensured an independent press; courts have affirmed it; citizens rely on it. As journalists, we have an obligation to protect this watchdog freedom by not demeaning it in frivolous use or exploiting it for commercial gain.
6. It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise
The news media are the common carriers of public discussion, and this responsibility forms a basis for our special privileges. This discussion serves society best when it is informed by facts rather than prejudice and supposition. It also should strive to fairly represent the varied viewpoints and interests in society, and to place them in context rather than highlight only the conflicting fringes of debate. Accuracy and truthfulness require that as framers of the public discussion we not neglect the points of common ground where problem solving occurs.
7. It must strive to make the significant interesting and relevant
Journalism is storytelling with a purpose. It should do more than gather an audience or catalogue the important. For its own survival, it must balance what readers know they want with what they cannot anticipate but need. In short, it must strive to make the significant interesting and relevant. The effectiveness of a piece of journalism is measured both by how much a work engages its audience and enlightens it. This means journalists must continually ask what information has most value to citizens and in what form. While journalism should reach beyond such topics as government and public safety, a journalism overwhelmed by trivia and false significance ultimately engenders a trivial society.
8. It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional
Keeping news in proportion and not leaving important things out are also cornerstones of truthfulness. Journalism is a form of cartography: it creates a map for citizens to navigate society. Inflating events for sensation, neglecting others, stereotyping or being disproportionately negative all make a less reliable map. The map also should include news of all our communities, not just those with attractive demographics. This is best achieved by newsrooms with a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives. The map is only an analogy; proportion and comprehensiveness are subjective, yet their elusiveness does not lessen their significance.
9. Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience
Every journalist must have a personal sense of ethics and responsibility–a moral compass. Each of us must be willing, if fairness and accuracy require, to voice differences with our colleagues, whether in the newsroom or the executive suite. News organizations do well to nurture this independence by encouraging individuals to speak their minds. This stimulates the intellectual diversity necessary to understand and accurately cover an increasingly diverse society. It is this diversity of minds and voices, not just numbers, that matters.
- Copyright 2013 Pew Research Center
Posted by pauldingcommunityblog on October 10, 2013
Originally posted on Paulding Community Blog:
What is quality of life?
Quality of life (QOL) is a broad multidimensional concept that usually includes subjective evaluations of both positive and negative aspects of life.2 What makes it challenging to measure is that, although the term “quality of life” has meaning for nearly everyone and every academic discipline, individuals and groups can define it differently. Although health is one of the important domains of overall quality of life, there are other domains as well—for instance, jobs, housing, schools, the neighborhood. Aspects of culture, values, and spirituality are also key aspects of overall quality of life that add to the complexity of its measurement. Nevertheless, researchers have developed useful techniques that have helped to conceptualize and measure these multiple domains and how they to each other. CDC.
Also would include sense of security, social interaction, and a general sense of well being.
No individual’s opinion should be discounted…
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Posted by pauldingcommunityblog on October 9, 2013
Watch this video, you will be proud of our library.
Paulding County Carnegie Library: Value…Celebrate…Share…Support
Posted by pauldingcommunityblog on October 8, 2013
Victor Lawson, 1850 – 1925
A Lorado Taft sculpture, “Crusader,” stands guard over the grave of newspaper publisher Victor Lawson, whose Chicago Daily News pioneered in sending reporters throughout the world for news. Lawson contributed anonymously to many of Chicago’s charitable causes, and even his grave is unmarked, except for the statue and the phrase, “Above all things truth beareth away the victory.” It refers to a story in the Book of Esdras, King James Bible Apocrypha, about a discussion of what is strongest. This tomb stone is located in Graceland Cemetary on Irving Park Drive in Chicago, near Wrigley Field. Many of Chicago’s famous are enturned at Graceland.
Our founding Fathers realized the importance of freedom of the press and added it as the ” 16th Amendment” to the “United State Constitution. Sometimes newspapers are the last resource available to the public to get assistance in obtaining the facts on a given issue.
Honest, thorough, and balanced investigation into the questions presented is a newspaper moral responsiblity and is not taken lightly, but with sincere and effortless fundamental journalistic practices and ethics.
Newspaper provide a service to the community in many ways. For instance, Newspapers often provide uncompensated promotional publication of events and fund raising of common interests and that benefit the entire community.
National Newspaper week is October 6th through the 12th, 2013.
Posted by pauldingcommunityblog on October 6, 2013
Originally posted on Paulding Community Blog:
10. A Second Focal Point.
Problems/Needs: There is an opportunity for downtown Paulding to capitalize upon the use of green space to provide additional area for public use, while at the same time providing additional recreation and park area for residents in an area close to the downtown. All downtowns require reasons for people to visit them. Some downtowns are using the idea of recreation, miniparks, fountains, etc. as an additional reason for enticing people to visit the downtown.
Also, most older downtowns turned their backs to rivers, lakes and streams because they were commonly used for industry or commerce and were therefore unattractive. Today, downtowns are re-evaluating the opportunities provided by these natural areas.
Paulding has virtually no public access to or view of the Flat Rock Creek on the eastern edge of the downtown
. The Senior Center is currently considering the provision…
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Posted by pauldingcommunityblog on October 3, 2013
This article answered some of the questions I had on the topic. Thanks NPR. The requirement of employers with 50 or more full time employees be required to provide health insurance for their employees has been extended to 2015, HOWEVER, the individual mandate for individuals to have health insurance remains in effect with a Jan. 1, 2014 deadline.
DAVID GREENE, HOST:
Now, if there is a partial government shutdown, one irony is that the program Republicans are desperate to stop, Obamacare, will be up and running. The major pieces of the federal health law are set to open for business tomorrow. If all goes as planned, people will be able to go online – or to various locations in their communities – to search, compare and sign up for health insurance that would take effect beginning January 1st.
The law has created exchanges where people can shop for insurance coverage, but that’s only for those who are eligible. And to help sort that out, we brought in our resident expert, NPR’s Julie Rovner. Hi, Julie.
JULIE ROVNER, BYLINE: Hey, David.
GREENE: All right, Julie, let’s start with who should actually be paying close attention, here, to what we’re talking about. Who’s eligible to buy insurance in these new marketplaces?
ROVNER: Well, definitely, they’re not for everybody. They’re for two major groups of people: people who don’t have insurance now – the uninsured – and people who buy their own coverage right now, meaning they don’t get it through an employer. And – since we’ve got a lot of questions about this – no, the exchanges are not going to be selling policies that supplement the coverage seniors get through Medicare. So, basically, if you have insurance at your job or through a public program like Medicare or Medicaid or the VA, you don’t have to pay attention to the exchanges, unless you lose that coverage for some reason.
GREENE: OK. Well, for people who should be paying attention, let’s talk about how this is actually going to work. Let’s say I don’t have insurance right now. I want coverage. What should I be thinking about?
ROVNER: Well, in theory, you can do it all online. Every state will have its own website. Some are being run by the state. Some are being run by the federal government. Some are being run by a combination of the two. But as a consumer, you won’t really be able to tell that. You’ll go to the website, provide some basic information – like where you live, how old you are – and you’ll get a list of plans that are available in your area. If you provide income information, you’ll be able to get an estimate of whether you’re eligible for federal help paying for the insurance, or whether you might qualify for Medicaid.
GREENE: OK. So, some people will have to buy the insurance on their own through these exchanges, some people eligible for assistance by the federal government. Who’s eligible for that kind of help?
ROVNER: Well, the subsidies are pretty generous. If you have income between 100 percent of poverty – that’s about $11,000 for an individual – and four times that, about $46,000, you can get some help paying for premiums. For a family of four, you can get subsidies – although small ones – with income all the way up to about $90,000. People with incomes under two-and-a-half times the poverty level can also get help paying their deductibles and copayments, but they have to choose a silver plan. That’s the second-lowest cost of the four levels of coverage that will be available: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.
GREENE: So, whether or not you’re getting assistance, you’re going to be paying premiums on these exchanges. What do we know about how much those premiums will cost?
ROVNER: Well, we know a lot, and then not so much, at the same time. It seems that, on the one hand, premiums aren’t going to be as high as some people had been predicting, and especially if you’re eligible for one of those federal subsidies. As President Obama keeps saying, most people should be able to find a plan that costs not so much more than their monthly cell phone or cable bill.
But there are some big caveats. One is that particularly these less-expensive plans come with big deductibles and lots of other out-of-pocket costs. Now, if you don’t think you’re going to have much in the way of medical expenses, that may be just fine. But people should be aware that if they buy a plan that only costs 40 or $50 a month, they may have a $5,000 deductible before the plan starts paying benefits. The other caveat is that some of these less-expensive plans come with very limited lists of doctors and hospitals that you can use. So, if you have a particular doctor or hospital you know you want to go to, you should check that before you sign up.
GREENE: Julie Rovner, we have brought you into the studio so many times to help people through this very complicated law. If people can’t call up Julie Rovner personally and they need help sorting through these numbers and what sort of help they might be eligible for, I mean, where can they find that kind of help?
ROVNER: There are lots of other people who can help you sign up. Most states have trained people called assisters or navigators who can help people fill out applications and walk them through the process. In some states, the training’s been a little bit delayed, but those people are getting trained up by the day. There are also call centers attached to every state website, and there’s a federal website – HealthCare.gov – where people can help. It’s important to remember that lots of computer glitches are likely at the beginning. We’ve already heard about some. But most people expect that the first couple of weeks are likely to be mostly for window shopping, anyway. The important date here is December 15th. If you sign up by then, your coverage can start by January 1st, which is the earliest any of these plans kick in, anyway.
GREENE: We’ve been talking to NPR’s Julie Rovner. Thanks, Julie.
ROVNER: Thank you.
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Posted by pauldingcommunityblog on October 3, 2013
Ohio Attorney General, City of Mansfield file suit against negligent property owner for demolition costs
MANSFIELD – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Mansfield law director John A. Spon today announced that lawsuits have been filed against a negligent property owner and his company, whose homes fell into disrepair and were subsequently demolished by the City of Mansfield. The lawsuit seeks to reimburse the City for costs associated with two properties in Mansfield which were recently demolished.
“The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has designated significant resources from the National Mortgage Settlement to combat the blight of abandoned houses across Ohio,” said DeWine. “However, not all abandoned properties are the result of the housing crisis or banking practices. There are occasionally egregious cases where negligent property owners have contributed to this problem and should be held liable for these demolition costs, instead of their neighbors and fellow taxpayers. These filings represent two such egregious cases.”
“These lawsuits represent a cooperative effort between the Attorney General’s Office and the Mansfield Law Director’s Office to recover publicly expended funds necessary to preserve the safety of our community. We are grateful to Attorney General Mike DeWine for his efforts in benefitting the City of Mansfield,” said Spon.
A lawsuit was filed in Mansfield Municipal Court against Donald Graber, who owned a property at 187-189 West Second Street in Mansfield. A separate lawsuit was filed against McPherson Apartments, of which Graber is the sole partner, which owned property at 135-137 Willow Street. Despite being cited for code violations for several years, the owners took no action to address the violations or demolish the properties. After receiving notice that the properties needed to be demolished, the owners took no further action, and the responsibility for the demolitions ultimately fell on the City of Mansfield.
The lawsuits seek to collect the debt incurred by the City of Mansfield in demolishing the two properties, which totals $17,746.44.
DeWine has assisted several other Ohio cities in filing collections lawsuits against negligent property owners for demolition costs, including Dayton, Newark, Springfield and Warren.
DeWine has worked with Mansfield and Richland County officials since he created the Demolition Grant Program in 2012. The Demolition Grant Program helps stabilize and improve communities by removing blighted and abandoned homes with funds from the National Mortgage Settlement reached in 2012. While an exact total of abandoned homes is not available, conservative estimates place the number of vacant and abandoned properties in Ohio in need of immediate demolition at 100,000. DeWine previously attended one such demolition in Mansfield.
Copies of the two lawsuits are available on the Ohio Attorney General’s website.
Posted by pauldingcommunityblog on September 5, 2013
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