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‘The Baysider’, Purportedly Alton’s Newspaper Stays Silent On Key Board Of Health & Alton Central School (ACS) Board ‘Special’ Meeting.

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It says ‘covering Alton’ on the banner, but I guess that is just an indication of who should pay to advertise with them.


This Monday’s joint Alton (Selectmen/) Board of Health & Alton Central (ACS) School Board meeting to discuss healthy and safety related issues at ACS that had been aired during the contentious $18M bond fiasco was probably the most germane and interesting ACS-related meeting held this year — barring the ‘that was more fun than your typical three ring circus’ deliberative session on February 3.

So how come today’s ‘The Baysider’, purportedly Alton’s newspaper has no mention, at all, about this pivotal meeting. It isn’t as if they didn’t have the time. Their deadline is Tuesday and they have routinely covered other School Board meetings that were held on a Monday — that very week, in the Thursday edition.

I noticed that Tim Croes, the regular reporter, did not appear to be present. But, I know that they sometimes use other stringers, such as a lady called ‘Elizabeth‘ who tends to do a bangup job. So, when I got back, that very night, I fired off an e-mail to my friend Josh Spaulding, the  bestriding editor of ‘The Baysider’, asking him who covered that meeting. I got a response fairly soon (as is typically the case with Josh). He did not know! He does not keep track of Alton meetings. Tim is supposed to decide.

Hhhmmmm.

So what is the deal here? I have one and ONLY ONE concern. Was this political? By conveniently ignoring the coverage of this meeting (for at least a week), ‘The Baysider’ is letting the news go cold and as such demoting the issue.

The problem here is that I know various people who, rightly or wrongly, charge ‘The Baysider’ as being the OFFICIAL ACS newspaper.

It has now come to light that Tim Croes has been employed by ACS as a substitute teacher this 2012-2013 school year.
Tim nor ‘The Baysider’ disclosed this conflict of interest.
Read this post of May 3, 2013.

At this meeting the ACS School Board was asked a lot of pointed questions. By not covering the meeting many of the tax payers in Alton are being deprived of a chance to hear about what took place. All I want to know is is that but a coincidence. Yes, Tim, before he got his ‘get out of jail card’ that permitted him to attend Brewster, was an ACS alumni. So did ‘they’ lean on him not to cover the meeting? I do not know. But, this bothers me.

I have been particularly busy this week, since coming back from vacation, trying to publish yet another book. I just managed to get that done a few minutes ago. So, I now have a few ‘minutes’ breathing space before I start on another new book tomorrow. I had asked Deanna to find me the video of Monday’s meeting. I want to do at least one post on the “he said“, “no he didn’t“, “he definitely said ‘possibly’“, “no he didn’t“, aspect of the meeting, which dominated much of the first part of the proceedings, by juxtapositioning the questions from the Health Board and the answers from the School Board with the relevant clips from the deliberative session. At least as of Tuesday night Deanna couldn’t find the video from Monday. I will get to that.

If ‘The Baysider’ is not going to cover these meetings I will have to see what I can do. I am too old to start getting minutes. I did that 30 years ago. Maybe I could find somebody who will help out. But it irks me that the purported local paper does not feel that it is their job to cover such meetings. Funnily enough this is the SECOND instance, just this year, when ‘The Baysider’ just happened to forget to cover a crucial School Board meeting happening. Recall we had to hear about the Steve Miller ‘brandishing‘ incident from WMUR because ‘The Baysider’ waited until the following week to mention it.

Hhhmmmm.

Alton Central Superintendent Mr. Lander Confirms That ‘The Baysider’ Alton Reporter ‘Tim Croes’ Has Served As A Substitute Teacher During This School Year.

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>> ‘The Baysider’ Stays Silent On Key Board Of Health & Alton Central School (ACS) Board
>> ‘Special’ Meeting — May 2, 2013.


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This came about by this comment left yesterday afternoon by ACS School Board member Steve Miller.

Remember that in yesterday’s post I said that there are concerned taxpayers in Alton that openly refer to ‘The Baysider‘ as the Alton Central School (ACS) Official Newspaper. This definitely adds credence to that claim, especially in light of what has been a very contentious year between the taxpayers and the ‘school’ because of the bond issue.

Full disclosure is said to be the norm in U.S. journalism.

There are many things that can be said about this, but for now I will just stick with two: conflict of interest and credibility.

Yes, over the last 15 minutes I have had e-mail exchanges with both Josh Spaulding and Tim. Yes, I have asked Josh to resign. That is what I would have done if I was in his unfortunate shoes.

Credibility.

I Updated My Conclave Book To Include The 2013 Election That Picked Pope Francis (#267).

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The March 12 to 13, 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis (#267), on the 5th ballot, was my ‘the next pope‘ election — the conclave that was the subject of both my ‘The Next Pope‘ books (published in 2010 and 2011). Much of my papal blogging, starting in 2008, also was about the ‘next pope’ and hence the ‘next conclave’ — which happened to be this one in March.

So it would have been incongruous if I did not update my ‘conclave’ book to include the 2013 conclave. Given that I already had most of the information already in my head or documented somewhere on a blog post, it wasn’t like I needed to do much research. So I decided to do an update, refresh and augment the ‘Last 9 Conclave‘ book, which I published 3 days after Benedict XVI’s (#266) announcement that he was resigning, as soon as we got back from the Grand Canyon. I composed a fair amount of the new material in my head during the trip — especially since I did about 16 hours of driving. So, it proved to be a fairly easy task. So that is another item I can check-off.

Ξ Documented the 2013 conclave
and updated the conclave book.
 

This book, I will, luck permitting and technology willing, bring out as a cheap paperback. So, that is another new project. 



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