... International Week in Japan. As a volunteer for Project Focus, he mentored homeless and low-income children in Mount Vernon. Brown is an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) student and has mentored incoming EOP freshman. He was also recently named ...
MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. The Mount Vernon Board of Education is set to continue its string of "Board President Saturday Conferences" this week, as it continues to tinker and refine the schools budget for the upcoming academic year. Since taking over for Judith Johnson last year, Superintendent Kenneth Hamilton has teamed with the board in an effort to regain the city's trust and begin building ties between the community and the much-maligned school district.
A group of 9 to 12 year- olds takes off at the start of the annual Barnstable Recreation Junior Road Race at the Marstons Mills Elementary School with 115 participants in 1995. Barnstable Patriot Files/Nickerson Archives 1845 For Sale A SIX year old OX, sound, kind and strong-- which will be sold reasonable; or the Subscriber would like to PURCHASE near OX, of about the same age, to yoke with him.
... a registered nurse, the importance of volunteer work. Long after she retired, her mother would travel from Mount Vernon to Harlem to volunteer. "She made that trip until she was 86 years old," Ms. Fairstein said. "All my young life I wanted to be a ...
... the square, was originally intended as the final resting place of President Washington. (His remains are at his Mount Vernon estate.) Of...
Resources For Critical Readers
The critical readers of Mount Vernon Roundup know that when reading, viewing, or listening to any local "mainstream" news report or blog post, the main thing to realize is that truth and objectivity may be partialy obscured or totaly absent.
While local "mainstream" media outlets and blogs often self-righteously proclaimed that only the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, is published, the critical reader knows that local news reports in "mainstream" media have three primary purposes: (a) to entice their readers, (b) to be "politically correct" so as not to offend the powers that be, and (c) to lure advertisers by showing the number of docile readers the local publication draws.
Beyond these less than honorable motivations listed above, local "mainstream" reporters, editors and especially publishers are also prone to inject their own personal prejudices and biases, either consciously or unconsciously.
The critical reader should be aware of these potential problems.The critical reader needs to have many questions in his mind when examining local "mainstream" media items and blog posts.
Many times the vocabulary employed by local "mainstream" journalists and editors is often pejorative and very value laden.
Actually, this is an argument in and of itself that there is a bias.It is up to the critical reader to point this out by means of blog posts and letters to the local "mainstream" newspaper editors and publishers..
There are honest and objective local "Mainstream" journalists, editors and publishers who try and produce a newsppaper that presents all sides of every issue.
However, these local journalists, editors and publishers who have succeed in resisting the pressures to be biased are few and far between.
Many times the critical reader will discover that these local "mainstream" journalists, editors and publishers cave in to pressures, and/or who are prejudiced and nonobjective by nature.
It is therefore up to the critical reader to carefully evaluate and then reject or accept the claims and assertions that are made in any given news story or blog post.
Local "mainstream" journalists, editors and publishers need to make sure they produce well-researched articles that are based on objective description of empirical facts.
One of the goals of Mount Vernon Roundup is to help these local "Mainstream" journalists, editors and publishers need to strive to convey reality and contribute to enlightenment of Mount Vernon.
However, the critical reader must understand that journalism which abandons these criteria can be misleading and destructive, pandering to the powers that be rather than courageously and honorably serving truth and justice
Resources for Letter Writers
Mount Vernon Roundup publishes email addresses for reporters, editors, and publishers when such addresses are publicly made available.
We encourage our reader to send intelligent, civil, and reasonable emails to these journalists, editors and publishers.
However, a critical reader who sends some correspondence to an email address obtained from this website is, in one sense, representing this blog.
What the writer says, and how it is said, reflects directly on Mount Vernon in general and on this site in particular.
Local "mainstream" reporters, editors and publishers are interested in deadlines and getting stories written that people will read.
If a critical reader can help them do that, then their contributions will be greatly appreciated.
Remember, good stories are factual and well organized, but they also communicate something of the human spirit.
Likewise, letters to local "mainstream" reporters, editors and publishers, while based on heartfelt convictions, also should be well organized, with points and logic developed in a rational sequence.
Proper grammar, spelling, and capitalization also help the local "mainsteam" reporter, editor or publisher view the received letter as worthy of serious consideration.
Brevity and conciseness are very important, and a long-winded rambling discourse is not likely to be given serious consideration.
For that matter, a "letter" does not even have to be a letter, a single sentence can get a point across.
Nor does a letter have to be for publication or even come from a verifiable source, all it needs to do is provide valid food for thought.
Resources For Blog Comments
More and more local "mainstream" media-sponsored web sites are providing submission forms or links where anyone and everyone can post "comments" on their stories.
Some sites also provide various forums of one type or another.However, these forums may require registration.
Many of the comments, suggestions, and cautions that we have provided the critical reader about the submission of comments are very applicable to participation in these forums.
There are no established "standards" for the submission of these comments, and it is necessary and important to very carefully read the instructions, requirements, and limitations for submitting your comments.
Some local "mainstream" newspaper or blog sites may ask for a name, but these are not checked, so there is no need to use your real name if you do not want to.
Other local "mainstream" newspaper or blog sites may allow only a first name, some may permit the inclusions of URL references, links, HTML code, and email addresses, whereas others may not.
When submitting such comments, it is important to "take the high road."Personal attacks, hatefulness, rash accusations, snide insinuations, misleading assertions, and outright lies are the stock in trade of many posters, but the most effective way to disarm and dismiss these posts is to rise far above such tactics.
Name-calling, abrasiveness, unsupported and insupportable assertions, and otherwise descending to the level of negative posters' inanities not only undermines one's credibility, but reduces the likelihood that one's comments will be accepted and printed.
Submissions should be brief and concise.
Two or three short paragraphs is about all that the average reader will assimilate .
Be polite, but factual.
Try to deal with reality, and not with far out ideas or wishful thinking.
Take your own concept or idea and address it as thoughtfully, professionally, and concisely as possible.
But first read the existing comments and make sure you are not repeating what someone else has already posted.
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