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Letter: The silencing of dissent

Nowhere in this paper’s coverage did the townhall’s insistence that a facilities assessment be done before moving forward with this project get communicated to the readers.

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To the Editor:

I noticed your online reports say, “We are part of The Trust Project.” So I did some research and found a report titled, “The Trust Project: Big Media and Silicon Valley’s Weaponized Algorithms Silence Dissent.

The report states, “Of particular importance is the fact that the Trust Project’s "trust indicators" are already being used to control what news is promoted and suppressed by top search engines like Google and Bing and massive social-media networks like Facebook” and “to suppress accurate yet dissenting information that the government in question wanted removed from the social-media platform.”

Page A8 of the September 24th issue of this paper provides a textbook example of how corporate media will attempt to silence those who disagree. Instead of providing “content” f rom a townhall meeting regarding the new high school , 1,135 out of the 1,239 words were used to attack two of the presenters.

Only 104 words were used to cover Ellwyn Nohr’s and his son Brian’s support of looking into renovating the school versus $60 million cost to replace. The report left out Brian’s status as an AIA Certified Senior Architect, and his statement, “Omaha metro area has recently gone the renovation route on dozens of schools due to "total replacement" cost. Renovation should be seriously considered in this situation as well. This architect is from Omaha and knows this, so I’m wondering why Mitchell is on this track.”

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According to a contract signed on September 22, 2021, the school district’s architect is to receive $1,826,000 plus 3.75% of any “Cost of the Work” that is above $36,000,000. With sales tax, that could be over $2.5 million. So what incentive is there to look at less costly alternatives?

Nowhere in this paper’s coverage did the townhall’s insistence that a facilities assessment be done before moving forward with this project get communicated to the readers. Contact school board members and politely ask for more transparency starting with a facilities assessment so that a fact-based decision on renovation versus replacement can be made. Do not remain silent.

Steve Sibson

Mitchell

The article painted both Art Johnston and Paul Dorr as criminals.

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