Posts Tagged ‘Licking County Board of Health’

Loopholes, Not For Everyone

January 29, 2021

            Warren Buffet is quoted (somewhere) as claiming his secretary pays taxes at a higher rate than he does (though she certainly is less wealthy than he if Capitalism is as Capitalism does).  As our former president pointed out, Buffet is smart and takes advantage of all the loopholes legitimately available to him. According to conventional capitalist wisdom, all perfectly reasonable. To paraphrase a popular TV drug advertisement: “Loopholes, not for everyone…” Speaking of taxes, the Licking County Treasurer, Roy Van Atta, recently mailed out the semi-annual real estate tax bill. Along with the bill was a separate sheet headlined: “To limit in-person payments and potential exposure to Covid-19, we encourage payments to be made by one of the below options.” One of the payment options is the use of a drop box. In addition to the one located at the Newark South Second Street Administration Building, there is a drop box in Pataskala. America is notable for its collective amnesia with regard to all things cultural or historical. Prior to the recent 2020 election, Ohio’s Secretary of State, Frank LaRose, ruled that counties could only have one drop box for ballot collection (ostensibly for the sake of security!). Both Roy and Frank are Republicans. “Loopholes, not for everyone…”  While on the subject of collective amnesia with American history and culture, how about that Rand Paul? The GOP’s Kentucky Senator argues that since the insurrection against the Electoral College procedure took place on January 6, 2021 and the impeachment trial is to take place in February, 2021, it is unconstitutional as the impeached one, whose guilt or innocence is on trial, is a private citizen and no longer president. Analysis finds the implication to be that the president committed the crime (for which he was impeached), not American citizen Donald Trump. Elected public officials are not citizens. Jimmy Stewart’s Mr. Smith left for Washington as just another citizen but became…? Analysis finds it ironic that both citizen Jimmy and elected official Rand share the same party affiliation. “Loopholes, not for everyone…” While on the subject of irony, the 1-29-21 online Newark Advocate comes to mind. “Ohio House committee leader’s call to ‘stop this vaccine s***’ featured in new video” by Jackie Borchardt (1-29-21) is notable for the buried lead, located waaay at the end of the report: “Meanwhile, Ohio has administered just under half of the vaccine doses sent to the state. Ohio ranks 41st in administering doses on a per capital basis, giving 6,384 shots per 100,000 residents as of Thursday, the CDC reported. At least 682,705 initial doses – about 5.8% of the state’s population – have been given in Ohio, the state reported Wednesday.” Same day, same online Newark Advocate, Michaela Sumner headlined “Limited by COVID-19 vaccine supply, Licking County pauses registrations for next week.” Need more be said? “Loopholes, not for everyone…”

Both Side-ism

February 20, 2020

One of the major criticisms of contemporary corporate media is its use of and reliance on both side-ism. The emphasis and priority has shifted from the journalism school’s basic of cross checked facts to one of ostensibly scrupulous fairness. The Washington Post has kept a running tab of Dear Leader’s lies, misinformation and fabrications, currently at over 16,000, in the past three years. But when he continues to, some spokesperson like Kellyanne Conway will soberly back up the lie and continue its trajectory with a sincere straight face. The corporate media (NY Times, Washington Post, all the BC’s plus Fox, etc.) choose to cover the statements as news, rather than point out the lack of truth, factuality of the event, etc. In the name of fairness they will get “the other side’s” take on the lie or misinformation, hence the name “both side-ism.” Critics say this normalizes corruption, since, well, corruption is just the news and is given fair coverage from both sides (remarkable as it seems). Some of the media, like AP, will assuage their lack by running a separate fact check column, with no immediate link or connection to the lie. This has raised great consternation in the midst of a national election year where, well, things matter. The practice insinuates that the electorate is more interested in reality show celebrity likes/dislikes than real competence, experience or just downright honesty. In Newark Ohio the opposite seems to be the case, along with simply not covering the news at all. In the past week The Advocate headlined the basketball accomplishments of Newark’s Jordan Dartis at Ohio University without bothering to report the large spontaneous demonstration that welcomed the “gun girl” at the same school, same week. In Newark this past week The Advocate presented its bizarro world rendition of corporate both side-ism; that is, just a one side-ism. Kent Mallett’s “Syringe exchange program supporters take case to Licking County health board” (2-19-20) extensively covered the recent demonstration and public input appeal at the Licking County Board of Health monthly meeting. Most of those involved advocating for the sense and need of a needle exchange program were given ample column space to present their reasons and point of view. The only thing missing was any interview or reasons for keeping the county wide ban by the board members themselves. Maybe Kent was pressed for time and couldn’t be bothered to ask the public officials to speak on the matter. Curious, in many ways the corporate media coverage by The Advocate differed little with that evening’s NBC Nevada Democratic debate coverage. Along with Michael Bloomberg’s speaking on camera, on stage during the debate, he also appeared in the ads during the commercial break. Mallett’s online report likewise appeared next to a Licking County Board of Health advertisement listing its various services, location, etc. Analysis finds this spares The Advocate the embarrassment of any both sides culpability.