Eight months after arriving at The News-Review in February 1993, I wrote a story that accompanied a photograph of a dead skunk in the middle of Garden Valley Road, a yellow stripe down its backside. A Douglas County public works official explained it didn’t make sense to stop and scrape the animal off the road. It was easier to keep the paint truck moving and later remove the animal and leave several inches of the center line unpainted. Readers came unglued and submitted dozens of angry letters to the editor. One woman said she hoped she never fainted on the …
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