The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 9/24/05:

The Story Messenger headline: "Privatizing EMS appears DOA".
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) ***
The Spin (1) Has there ever been so much made out of nothing? and (2) That was a very funny headline (although we didn't catch until a day or so later).

The Story Pastor Sonny Smith of First Baptist Church of Boyd goes on a rant in a Letter to the Editor about the sinful state of Wise County. He blames (1) the availability of alcohol in Wise County as one of our major problems, (2) the Messenger for not taking a hard stance against gays as "we've watched week after week as you've glorified that which is abnormal", and (3) blames the Messenger for "your attacks on our president [which] have been shameful and relentless and mostly unfounded."
News worthiness *
The Spin No offense, of course, to all of you out there that are gay, drink, and read the Messenger.

The Story The expansion of the Decatur Hospital (it has a long name which we are too tired to look up) announces that they will offer "naming rights" for the new expansion priced at $5,000 for patient rooms and $6 million for the whole hospital.
News worthiness *
The Spin Hmmm.  Injury  leads to a hospital stay. Which means someone must be to blame. Money at stake. We can see it now:  "The Texas Hammer Hospital".

The Story  The Republican Party met in Wise County last week with State Rep. Phil King scheduled to be the guest speaker. He failed to show up.
News worthiness **
The Spin Rumor has it that he wasn't exactly sure where Wise County was located.

The Spin After waiting for Phil King to appear, Republican County Chairman D.A. Sharpe "said he felt the need to have the party faithful say a prayer for King."
News worthiness *
The Spin The party faithful were stunned to hear the Voice of God reply "Who is Phil King?".

The Spin Some have suggested that county commissioners be removed from office over the EMS scare but state law allows a public official to be removed only for certain reasons including "intoxication on or off duty caused by drinking an alcoholic beverage."
News worthiness *
The Spin What an odd law. You would think that being a commissioner would cause you to drink.

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