Letter: The Silence of Dissent – Mitchell Republic


For the editor:

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

The report states: “It is particularly important that Project Trust’s ‘trust indicators’ are already being used to monitor what news is promoted and removed by major search engines like Google and Bing and massive social networks like Facebook” and ” to remove accurate but dissenting information that the government in question wanted removed from the social media platform.

Page A8 of the September 24 issue of this article provides a classic example of how the corporate media will attempt to silence those who disagree. Instead of providing the “content” of a town hall meeting regarding the new high school, 1,135 of 1,239 words were used to attack two of the presenters.

Just 104 words were used to cover the support of Ellwyn Nohr and her son Brian seeking to renovate the school at a replacement cost of $60 million. The report left out Brian’s status as an AIA Certified Senior Architect, and his statement, “Metro Omaha recently went the route of renovating dozens of schools due to the cost of ‘replacement total “. Renovation should also be seriously considered in this situation. This architect is from Omaha and knows it, so I wonder why Mitchell is on this track.

According to a contract signed Sept. 22, 2021, the school district architect is to receive $1,826,000 plus 3.75% of any “cost of work” over $36,000,000. With sales tax, that could be over $2.5 million. So what incentive is there to look for cheaper alternatives?

Nowhere in the cover of this document was City Hall’s insistence that a facilities assessment be conducted before moving forward with this project communicated to readers. Reach out to school board members and politely ask for more transparency starting with a facility assessment so that a fact-based decision on renovation or replacement can be made. Don’t stay silent.

Steve Sibson



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