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ANATOMY OF AN AWARD-WINNER: Landfill yields editorial gold.

As has happened every year since 1992, three of my editorials were submitted for this years Peter Lisagor Peter Lisagor (August 5 1915–December 10 1976) was Washington bureau chief of the Chicago Daily News from 1959 to 1976 and was one of the most respected and best-known journalists in the United States.  Awards for Exemplary Journalism. And as had happened several times in the past, I was notified by the Chicago Headline Club that I was a finalist. But this year eventually turned out different because, for the first time, the Lisagor for editorials came my way!

Honestly, I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)

"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party.
 how these entries were different from or better than the entries in the previous years, or if they indeed were.

The Lisagor judges said the award was for "general excellence," but they cited one editorial in particular, "Start with a smaller landfill." This editorial deals with the controversial proposal for a large Lake County landfill in a rural area. The proposal was accepted and a contract to build it signed, but then, under intense pressure from a vocal group of people whose properties were near the proposed site, the elected officials started backing away, finally even taking steps to cancel the contract unilaterally (and illegally) and kill the project.

Eventually, however, worried about a huge breach-of-contract lawsuit, the officials started talking with the landfill company to find some acceptable compromise.

In this editorial, The Times, concerned about the crushing financial penalty county property owners could be made to pay and cognizant cog·ni·zant  
Fully informed; conscious. See Synonyms at aware.

[From cognizance.]

Adj. 1.
 of the foreseeable need for a landfill, suggests that the best course to follow would be to build a smaller landfill that, if necessary, could be expanded later.

This was the course that was pursued - until the officials reversed course once again earlier this year. Now the matter is being litigated.

NCEW NCEW National Conference of Editorial Writers  member Krishna Kumar Gaur Gaur, ruined city, India
Gaur (gour), ruined city, West Bengal state, India. Known also as Lakhnauti, the city was an ancient Hindu capital of Bengal. It was captured (c.
 is editorial page editor of The Times in Munster, Ind. His e-mail address See Internet address.

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Date:Sep 22, 1999
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