Monday, October 10, 2016

WDT: The Confluence of News and History

      Oswego is one of those places that's in our orbit of life. A small, old city grappling with structural budget issues. So two months ago, the Oswego Common Council voted to affirm the Mayor's plan to cut 17 positions in the fire department. It clearly had linkage to Watertown's struggle to realign and reduce the size of it's fire department.
      So today the lead story locally was about this two month old development. No problem with the story, but when I see it, I say, didn't I read that in the Post Standard (via Newzjunky) when it happened ?
      News is best defined by the first three letters of the word and often our gatekeepers harken to a time past when news could be dispensed when they felt like it. Then they wonder why readership is down. I know some people bristle when this is said by me or others, but these days more than ever, news is a fast moving commodity.
       Old geographic boundaries are gone too. There's a need for good local reporting that explores things in depth or at least more in depth than you can get from an aggregator. But it has to be timely.
Watertown Daily Times | Oswego Fire Department forced to cut 17 positions

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

But the problem is news today is so fast moving it is often incorrect. Investigative journalism takes time. I appreciated the Watertown Daily Times piece about the two fire departments, and the time it took to research and write it. And now I understand why Watertown's experience is so much more difficult than Oswego's.

Anonymous said...

We live in a highly neurotic society where small, seemingly meaningless things, become big threats or new trends, on so called social media. The speed at what is said by new news media causes this. "Going viral" seems to be the latest desire of a majority in our population. Going viral is a problem in itself because it clouds priorities that should be important to society and magnifies relatively trivial events.
Social media can be used for the good, like searching for a missing child. But it seems it is tearing society apart by confusing the population in deciding what is important.
Putin himself(see today's editorial by George Will) seeks to do this to us. He must rejoice in our use of social media.

Anonymous said...

I must be missing a piece of the puzzle. I have never once, until today's WDT article, heard the term "layed off" regarding the Captains on the fire department. The term used has always been "DEMOTED. I'm curious to know if the Mayor and City Council was aware of the lay-offs, and if so, why the term demoted was used so often. Not unlike St. Lawrence County, Watertown continues to get deeper and deeper in this deboggle.

Anonymous said...


A source close to this issue told me that the city only changed the tern from DEMOTION to LAY-FF after they were told that their move was illegal and likely indefensible.

This just illustrates what is wrong with our city leadership. They just do whatever they want to (legal or not) and then sit back being arrogant and defying anyone to try to challenge them. When someone has the Ba**s to actually stand up to them they retaliate against them. This was so plain to see during the elections last year and these underhanded tactics continue.

When are the people of Watertown going to stand-up and say that enough is enough. Now when this whole issue with the fire department reaches the courts the way the city has conducted itself will likely lead to defeat. Who will pay for this? You and me my fellow tax payers. Someone should be held accountable for this mess. Possibly many people.

Anonymous said...

And the rest of the story is still forthcoming. The city council is really clueless on what the CM has actually done and continues to do.
They really need to get the facts from the ones who know, and now rely on what the CM is telling or NOT TELLING them.
The City Council really needs to take a hold of this and stop the foolish spending and personality issues with fire and city hall.
They are ruining a good protection what is there for the public who votes them in and OUT of office.
How much did the city save with the moves so far, and how much have they spent on the NYC attorney last fiscal year, Slye last fiscal year, NYC and Slye this fiscal year so far, and Sligar this fiscal year and the turned down free jobs and grants. If you add this all up, its way past what the CM makes, and the expenses for the next few months to gain nothing other than EGG on their face.

Anonymous said...

What is interesting is that the fire queens have not spammed the comment section on the WDT's article yet, whcih leaves 80% of the comments speaking in favor of the city and against the fire union. That is how the taxpayers really feel about this issue.

But the bigger story here is: given that some past incompetent in-the-tank-for-the-union, lazy, city employees agreed to minimum staffing, why does the contract not expire and we get to start over? Instead, once the contract expires,the greedy union pigs get to keep in all all future contracts. Apparently the arbitrators would rule they get it forever and there is no going back to normal with the contract? Why is that? Why does our local all knowing editor ignore this travesty of justice against the city taxpayers?