Is It Opinionnews or a Big Fat Lie

Is it Opinionnews or a Big Fat Lie?

Jefferson County Courthouse, Florida

Jefferson County Courthouse, Florida

There’s a new but insidious way of presenting “Facts” or “News” that is doing great damage in our society. The lead statement presented as a news story is true, then one or two words from that statement are artfully twisted and twisted again until it becomes unrecognizable – a lie. This is done so carefully and so well that the listener or viewer must be alert and watchful not to follow these twists and turns to be misled.

So called “Newscasters” on several television stations use this “opinionnews” constantly. Certain radio personalities have perfected the method and use it almost exclusively to make their opinion appear as real news. Each one of us must listen carefully and think hard as we follow these artful twists and turns so we will not be misled.

Recently opinionnews has crept into our daily newspaper. This story about Jefferson County Florida, presented on Feb. 21, 2017 in the Tallahassee Democrat on the front page above the fold, began in truth. The Jefferson County school system is a complete failure. This fact hurts our community in many ways. That does not mean however, as this story concludes, that we are a complete and dismal failure in every way.

Read carefully, and be aware that you are being led by this new opinionnews method to believe a lie in this piece. The City of Monticello and Jefferson County are not dying. We have several interesting and eclectic business districts. Downtown Monticello is thriving. We have businesses in all of our storefronts except one and that one is being remodeled for use. We have several outstanding restaurants and an active opera house.

Our town is full of beautiful historic buildings, some designed or restored by famous architects, others in the process of restoration with the help of Florida Historic Resources. We have great old houses, many large and elegant, but also streets lined with adorable cracker cottages, their porches shaded by big trees. People say hello to you on our streets.

People beside Opera House

People beside Opera House

Our City Council and County Commission are helping interested citizens improve our parking and infrastructure. Both governmental bodies support Monticello and Jefferson County’s progress. Our police force and fire fighters are hometown heroes.

Jefferson County’s natural environment is a pristine miracle in our modern world. You can really breathe here. The Aucilla and Wacissa River System, flatwoods, rolling red hills, deep forests and protected wetlands are precious to every Jefferson County citizen. Scientific studies are proving that Jefferson County is the home of the first settlers of North America.

On the Wacissa

On the Wacissa

We welcome visitors. Don’t be misled by opinionnews. Come and find out for yourself.

 

The Wonder of Small Town Shopping

I Found It campaign logo - on or T shirts, and decals for merchants to place on bags and packages

I Found It campaign logo – on Main Street T-shirts, and decals for merchants to place on bags and packages

It is amazing sometimes, what you can find to buy in a small town. Monticello has some particularly interesting examples. Take, for instance a store called “The Naked Ewe.” Well now. What do you think that means?

It is actually a yarn and related gift shop. I’m not kidding. They have yarn and thread, all you need for knitting or crocheting, and many handmade gifts. You can buy a handmade sweater, bonnet and bootees for a baby gift for a reasonable price. They even have handmade adult clothing.

The Naked Ewe is over on Cherry Street, just one block off North Jefferson (Route 19 just north of the courthouse round-about) near Dogwood Street. It sits right beside Mattco – our dance and exercise studio – peep in the window if you’re interested.

We also have a fascinating place called Huckleberry’s. That store is over on West Washington Street (Route 90, one block west of the courthouse) right beside Tupelo’s. Never heard of it? Imagine finding antiques, re-furbished and re-purposed furniture and gorgeous flowers right on the corner at Mulberry Street—the flower garden beside the store is lovely and changes all the time..

West Washington St. in Monticello FL in front of Huckleberry's.

West Washington St. in Monticello FL in front of Huckleberry’s.

If you never visited Tupelo’s you are in for a treat. They are open Tuesday through Saturday for breakfast and lunch with an occasional evening celebration with music. They serve real food beautifully prepared—they call it “slow food” because they use real organic ingredients. I am addicted to one or two of their specialties including a cinnamon roll that is beyond delicious.

That’s not all – you want interesting shopping? – Tupelo’s sells local goodies such as honey, jams and similar items, even art. They also sell bee-keeping supplies–that’s right–they have a whole room of those things.

That is only a few of the interesting shops to find in Monticello, Florida. We even have a couple of new ones in the works. Every time I check on their progress they tell me SOON. I’ll tell you about it.