Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Copyrights on these headlines, Roanoke Times

Land swapped with Roanoke Regional Airport in (pink) is 12-acre parcel

How many different headlines can there be for articles about 400 chickens in Roanoke City? We had “ruffled feathers” by Mason Adams and today’s editorial “bird in the hand” and my own contribution (sorry I took this one RT) “henpecked.”

That is still not as many as were used for Countryside as a golf course. We had “Staying the course” and “Plan called below par” and my “mulligan” and “bogey” and “slicing” and …

The Roanoke Times has missed the best headlines to come yet and I’m claiming them right now. I hope soon to use something like these  … “Countryside kicks the birdie to the rough” and “Countryside chicken roadkill crossing.”  Now there is a headline for you RT. I hereby lay claim to these headlinse so if you want to use them you have to pay me.

On another note I was just talking about the 12-acre parcel destined for agriculture Monday with some other clucks. On Roanoke City’s website it shows the assessed value as $169,000. The Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op is only offering $90,000. They want even that amount dwindled down now that the city is demanding that they buy it instead of allowing them to lease it for a few years first.

Absolutely true the parcel is not worth $169,000 or in my opinion $90,000. The REAL point is that this parcel was swapped with the Roanoke Regional Airport for GOOD usable property. It somehow “equaled” the value of this useless parcel.

I read the assessors documents years ago regarding the land swap. I just wanted to know the total value and if he considered them equal. Oddly he did consider the swap “equal” with some caveats however – airport noise and easements.

The swap was no more “equal” then the value of my house compared to Vice-Mayor Dave Trinkle’s.

The real shaft to the city is neglecting to negotiate rights (allowed by the FAA) through the property – like a greenway. They could have even negotiated use of the fairways. The city had the upper hand. ROA wanted the land “really bad” and started lobbying for it in 2005 as FOIA documents show.

I can’t figure out if it was ignorance or just an “I don’t care” attitude at the time. But there is one “absolute” that I’ve noticed through my investigations of the past six years. The golf course is just one example near and dear to me.

The city does not look beyond tomorrow when they make a decision – an absolute. They work the project, spin to council, and council smiles then they go home.

Now with the Airport Commission is balking at using any portion of the runway protection zone for a greenway – the city is left with “chicken poop” again.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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Comments (5)

Jack Mcguire

September 27th, 2011 at 8:33 AM    

I guess newspapers have always used this method with the catchy headlines. But to me, headlines like these smack of tabloids and make me doubt the credibility of the reporter and the paper itself. I prefer strait headlines over word games.


September 27th, 2011 at 9:36 AM    

Depending on the subject I get a kick out of them. Chickens just begs for a cutsy headline.

Mason Adams

September 29th, 2011 at 11:49 AM    

For what it’s worth, reporters don’t write their own headlines. That’s done by copy editors & designers who have a better idea how much space is available for each story, as well as where it will play.

— Mason Adams

Jack Mcguire

September 29th, 2011 at 12:52 PM    

Thats interesting Mason. You write the story, and someone else promotes it.


September 29th, 2011 at 3:07 PM    

Mason, yes I remember you telling me that before – I see a job for me there for just $5 a headline I’ll dazzle the public.

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