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12Sep/140

Reformer newsroom budget for September 12, 2014

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This a list of stories the newsroom staff is working on in the Reformer newsroom, today (September 12). Please note: Just because it appears on this budget, doesn't mean it will run in tomorrow's newspaper or appear online today — some stories will be held to get complete information; some stories may be dropped completely. Stories might be held for space, or other timing considerations. Also, breaking stories may not appear on this budget.

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11Sep/140

Reformer newsroom budget for September 11, 2014

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This a list of stories the newsroom staff is working on in the Reformer newsroom, today (September 11). Please note: Just because it appears on this budget, doesn't mean it will run in tomorrow's newspaper or appear online today — some stories will be held to get complete information; some stories may be dropped completely. Stories might be held for space, or other timing considerations. Also, breaking stories may not appear on this budget.

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10Sep/140

Always remember [an editorial]

[Here's a sneak peek at an upcoming editorial for the Reformer.]

Today marks 13 years since 19 men hijacked four airplanes and committed the largest act of terrorism against the United States. And now, 13 years later, there’s still a lot to pause and reflect upon.

Flags will be at half mast, and somber memorials will be held across the United States in remembrance of that horrible day, a day that many among us will always remember with incredible sadness, unrequited anger and soul-numbing helplessness.

On Sept. 11, 2001, the United States awoke to the real dangers of terrorism: Fantastical terrorists bent on destruction will strike anywhere, anytime and that they are willing to die to do it. In the years that have passed, America, and the world, has changed — and in some ways not for the better.

As this editorial board put it in a similar editorial last year, the feeling of insecurity and impermanence that permeates our society today could be the greatest legacy of Sept. 11, 2001.

Some have posited the disturbing notion that, in fact, the terrorists did win on Sept. 11, but not due to the attacks on the United States, but in our reactions to the attacks.

In the years that followed Sept. 11, 2001, the nation’s infrastructure has crumbled around us, all the while budgets for the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies tasked with protecting us from terrorism and malignant forces continue to skyrocket. While we throw our resources at combating external enemies, the things that have made our society strong and a beacon to people around the world — education, upward mobility, community services, social and economic justice — take a backseat.

Surely that’s a recipe for disaster. And those who do not learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them.

But that’s also only one way to look at the previous 13 years.

The editorial board at the Contra Costa Times has a different take, however. “Despite taking any number of reactive actions that do not look so good in hindsight,” they write, “the people of the U.S. have rallied. They have, by and large, gone back to business as usual. Our politics are as fiesty as ever. Our people are in some ways defiant and the nation has resolved to remain unbowed by terrorism. The construction of the soaring Memorial Tower and Museum on the site of the World Trade Center Towers will stand as testament to that sentiment.”

Anyone old enough to remember that fateful day in 2001, when heavy smoke from two city skyscrapers scarred the picturesque blue sky, will always remember where they were when they first heard the chilling news. It is equally imperative that we not forget the nearly 3,000 innocent people who were killed that day.

The attacks that day were not specifically against those fallen people, it was an attack on all of us, on our way of life.

That attack continues to this day, and it is the job of each of us to protect it. Today, more than any other, is a time to reflect on who we (as a society) are, where we’ve been, and where we’re going.

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10Sep/140

Reformer newsroom budget for September 10, 2014

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This a list of stories the newsroom staff is working on in the Reformer newsroom, today (September 10). Please note: Just because it appears on this budget, doesn't mean it will run in tomorrow's newspaper or appear online today — some stories will be held to get complete information; some stories may be dropped completely. Stories might be held for space, or other timing considerations. Also, breaking stories may not appear on this budget.

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9Sep/140

Reformer newsroom budget for September 9, 2014

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This a list of stories the newsroom staff is working on in the Reformer newsroom, today (September 9). Please note: Just because it appears on this budget, doesn't mean it will run in tomorrow's newspaper or appear online today — some stories will be held to get complete information; some stories may be dropped completely. Stories might be held for space, or other timing considerations. Also, breaking stories may not appear on this budget.

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8Sep/140

Reformer newsroom budget for September 8, 2014

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This a list of stories the newsroom staff is working on in the Reformer newsroom, today (September 8). Please note: Just because it appears on this budget, doesn't mean it will run in tomorrow's newspaper or appear online today — some stories will be held to get complete information; some stories may be dropped completely. Stories might be held for space, or other timing considerations. Also, breaking stories may not appear on this budget.

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6Sep/140

Reformer newsroom budget for September 6-7, 2014

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This a list of stories the newsroom staff is working on in the Reformer newsroom, today (September 6). Please note: Just because it appears on this budget, doesn't mean it will run in tomorrow's newspaper or appear online today — some stories will be held to get complete information; some stories may be dropped completely. Stories might be held for space, or other timing considerations. Also, breaking stories may not appear on this budget.

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5Sep/140

Reformer newsroom budget for September 5, 2014

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This a list of stories the newsroom staff is working on in the Reformer newsroom, today (September 5). Please note: Just because it appears on this budget, doesn't mean it will run in tomorrow's newspaper or appear online today — some stories will be held to get complete information; some stories may be dropped completely. Stories might be held for space, or other timing considerations. Also, breaking stories may not appear on this budget.

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4Sep/140

Reformer newsroom budget for September 4, 2014

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This a list of stories the newsroom staff is working on in the Reformer newsroom, today (September 4). Please note: Just because it appears on this budget, doesn't mean it will run in tomorrow's newspaper or appear online today — some stories will be held to get complete information; some stories may be dropped completely. Stories might be held for space, or other timing considerations. Also, breaking stories may not appear on this budget.

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3Sep/140

Windham County Humane Society “check passing”

[Many newspapers, as a policy, don't do the "check passing" photo-ops. However, I tagged along with Reformer advertizing sales director Jordan Brechenser, earlier today, to present a check from a recent ad campaign (a portion of sales went toward animal care at the Humane Society).]