The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 4/16/05:

The Story The county may pay $42,000 to the Waters Consulting Group in order to study the salaries of all Wise County employees.
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) ***
The Spin In other news, commissioners hired another consulting group to determine study the salaries of consulting groups in order to see if $42,000 is a fair price.

The Story Decatur "Planning Director" Trina Finney calls it quits to become executive director for the Cultural District of Fort Worth. "The city of Decatur, even though it has done a salary study and knows what it should be paying its employees, does not pay its employees fairly," she said in a statement that would not be made by anyone other than someone who had just resigned.
News worthiness **
The Spin County Commissioners immediately canceled their own salary study (see story #1, above) on the basis that bad things can happen once employees read the results of a salary study.

The Story Three of the Justices of the Peace promise to remain Democrats and not become part of the Republican power grab. As the Messenger said, they "plan to stay with the party of Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy."
News worthiness ***
The Spin All of whom

The Story "Church leaders praise pope as extraordinary leader."
News worthiness *
The Spin One local Baptist ministered confidentially said "I really don't understand all the pomp and circumstance they had over there for the funeral.  I understood the week long Ronald Reagan funeral, but all that fuss for a pope? Come on! He didn't even speak good English."

The Story After the clean up for the March fire at Decatur High School,  "said some school property disappeared  . . . .  and [the principal] will be responsible for negotiating with the contractor for compensation."
News worthiness **
The Spin "What, we need proof? We just can't pass judgment like we do with the kids that we ship off to AE?"

The Story Messenger photographer Joe Duty gets artsy by photographing a young dancer posing in the mud at her family's farm.
News worthiness *
The Spin Come on, admit it, the guy does good work.

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