Carmage Walls Commentary Prize

38 entries received in the "under 50,000" circulation bracket

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Thirty-eight entries have been received in the smaller circulation bracket (under 50,000) for this year's Carmage Walls Commentary Prize. 

First- and second-place honors will be awarded. Judges also may designate several entries for honorable mention.

Winning entries will be announced at the Annual Meeting, Oct. 10-12 in Nashville, Tenn. 

SNPA members are invited to comment at the end of this article on the entries.  Which entries do you feel are the strongest ... and why?

Click on the links below to access entry materials:

Entry #1: Keith Albertson - The Times, Gainesville, Ga.

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    • Racism isn't left-right; it's right-wrong
    • Conflict set in stone
    • A right healing touch

Entry #2: Keith Albertson - The Times, Gainesville, Ga.

Entry #3: Steve Baumann and Rusty Pray - Charlotte Sun, Charlotte Harbor, Fla.

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    • More horrifying insights into PG shooting
    • The time for healing still pending
    • 'Elephant' must be recognized

Entry #4: David Bloom - The Baytown Sun, Baytown, Texas

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    • Absence of oversight
    • 'Game' over
    • Board eyes high school start times
    • Goose Creek rezoning ...
    • End lunch shaming
    • Goose Creek propositions

Entry #5: David Bloom - The Baytown Sun, Baytown, Texas

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    • Cleaning up after Harvey
    • Thank you
    • Optimism after the storm
    • One nation, indivisible
    • Debate is over: Dig up waste pits
    • Harvey ... six months down the road

Entry #6: Chris Cobler - Victoria Advocate, Victoria, Texas

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    • What can we do better next time?
    • After Hurricane Harvey: Remember to breathe
    • Harvery reveals gaping holes in preparedness
    • Housing crisis demands attention, action
    • Scrutiny helps government work better
    • Unused FEMA trailers symbolize what's wrong

Entry #7: David Compton - New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, New Braunfels, Texas

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    • Honoring my son's last name
    • The pain means we loved her enough
    • Values still alive in New Braunfels
    • Stage IV cancer can be a beginning
    • Greater purpose than Texas senator
    • Scars can be an improvement

Entry #8: Nathan Crabbe - The Gainesville Sun, Gainesville, Fla.

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    • Equity must be priority of community
    • Use civil citations for minor offenses
    • Understand and address hidden biases
    • Involve community in improving schools
    • Bail changes are step in right direction
    • Equity plan needs support of community

Entry #9: Brandon Cox - Jackson County Sentinel, Scottsboro, Ala.

Entry #10: Brandon Cox - Jackson County Sentinel, Scottsboro, Ala.

Entry #11: Brandon Cox - Jackson County Sentinel, Scottsboro, Ala.

Entry #12: Brandon Cox - Jackson County Sentinel, Scottsboro, Ala.

Entry #13: Keith Domke - New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, New Braunfels, Texas

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    • Veramendi project is a big deal for NB
    • City continues to have a bright future
    • Growth is making us who we are
    • Our chamber numbers mean strong growth
    • We must continue to grow responsibly
    • Envisioning New Braunfels in the years ahead

Entry #14: Josh Edwards - The Daily Sentinel, Nacogdoches, Texas

Entry #15: Josh Edwards - The Daily Sentinel, Nacogdoches, Texas

Entry #16: Josh Edwards - The Daily Sentinel, Nacogdoches, Texas

Entry #17: Wyatt Emmerich - Northside Sun, Jackson, Miss.

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    • Lawsuit against EMCF exposes a harsh reality
    • Atrocities galore during testimony over mental prison
    • Mentally ill should not be at the mercy of gang leaders
    • Prison trial ends, fate of EMCF waits on Barbour's ruling

Entry #18: Wyatt Emmerich - Northside Sun, Jackson, Miss.

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    • Real progress in fight for good state government
    • State senator Polk leading the charge for bidding reform
    • We need to stand firm on bid reform

Entry #19: Wyatt Emmerich - Northside Sun, Jackson, Miss.

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    • Kemper mercy killing
    • Does Southern deserve a billion for Kemper?
    • Mississippi dodged a bullet: Kemper is over and done

Entry #20: Skip Foster - Tallahassee Democrat, Tallahassee, Fla.

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    • A brand new day in Tallahassee?
    • Truth will clear the cloud of FBI investigation
    • A simply yes or no could help clear FBI clouds for mayor
    • The city's obstruction of public information
    • A crisis in confidence
    • Fernandez still getting paid while city dithers on his fate

Entry #21: Corey Friedman - The Wilson Times, Wilson, N.C.

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    • This mural inspires award-winning art.  Will city censor it?
    • Wilson city officials must abandon bid to censor artist's work
    • Changing sign rules a win-win for Wilson, Brewmasters
    • Wilson council: Save mural from city censorship
    • Will city councilmen heed Wilson's wishes and save the mural?
    • Council earns cheers for voting to preserve Brewmaster's mural

Entry #22: Jeffery Gerritt - Palestine Herald-Press, Palestine, Texas

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    • An open community needs an open government
    • Sheriff's ire doesn't trump transparency
    • Do your job, public officials – and let us do ours
    • City manager's resignation best for Palestine
    • Shedding light on death

Entry #23: Michael Gorman - The Courier (Houma, La.) and Daily Comet (Thibodaux, La.)

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    • Who polices the police?  You, if you can
    • Expensive lessons learned by taxpayers
    • Making sense of the senseless
    • A win for the public, lawsuit can proceed

Entry #24: Mark Gregory - The Sentinel-Record, Hot Springs, Ark.

Entry #25: Mark Gregory - The Sentinel-Record, Hot Springs, Ark.

Entry #26: Greg Harton - Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Springdale, Ark.

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    • More shoes to drop
    • Good money after bad
    • No place for games
    • Public exposure
    • Taxpayers get 'slushed'

Entry #27: Michael Morris - The Facts, Clute, Texas

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    • Renters deserve equal protections
    • Flood called historic for a reason
    • Freeport house size mandate handcuffs developers
    • Brazoria confronts a failure of leadership

Entry #28: Dink NeSmith - The Press-Sentinel, Jesup, Ga.

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    • So this is Republic's good-neighbor approach?
    • Just when you thought it was 'safe to go back into the water'
    • It's time to quit the cat-and-mouse game
    • Carolinas and Florida have outfoxed Georgia with toxic coal ash
    • Georgia Power puts squeeze on Gold Dome, again
    • EPA must not become Enviromental Pollution Agency

Entry #29: Jeff Pownall - The Lufkin News, Lufkin, Texas

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    • Shop local
    • Economic development
    • Looking to the future
    • Foreign trade zone
    • Job growth
    • Opportunity knocks

Entry #30: Jeff Pownall - The Lufkin News, Lufkin, Texas

Entry #31: Steve Stewart - The State Journal, Frankfort, Ky.

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    • Open door policy
    • Let the sun shine on Capital Plaza project
    • So much for Plant Board transparency
    • A shameful retreat on transparency
    • Transparent government is a must

Entry #32: Ken Stickney - The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas

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    • Hurt feelings side, did council serve citizens?
    • Standing in a hole? First, stop digging ...
    • Without Sobczynski No. 503 was doomed
    • For some citizens, time to look elsewhere
    • Willie 'Bae' Lewis: A last, shameless ploy
    • Osman Swati knew how to leave a room

Entry #33: Gerry Tritz - Jefferson City News Tribune, Jefferson City, Mo.

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    • Greitens political maneuvers an insult to Missourians
    • Greitens embarrasses state, but resignation calls premature
    • Disappointing transparency rulings show need for Sunshine law updates
    • In interest of state, Greitens should resign
    • More legal problems, more secrecy
    • For Missouri, Greitens should resign immediately

Entry #34: Gerry Tritz - Jefferson City News Tribune, Jefferson City, Mo.

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    • Middleton a good choice for LU, but can he calm troubled waters?
    • Lincoln University: Are you better off today than you were four years ago?
    • Before selecting president, LU should search inward
    • Competing for students: A tale of two schools
    • As LU looks to hire next president, lawmaker seeks financial help

Entry #35: Gerry Tritz - Jefferson City News Tribune, Jefferson City, Mo.

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    • Deserving state workers might get raises ... next year
    • Survey sheds partial light on public workforce

Entry #36: Phillip Tutor - The Anniston Star, Anniston, Ala.

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    • The 'one big joke' about Moore and Alabama
    • The Roy Moore effect at an Anniston church
    • Roy Moore's fanatical beef with pre-K
    • The cult of Roy Moore
    • Waiting on God to fix a lost election

Entry #37: Vince Wheeler - The High Point Enterprise, High Point, N.C.

Entry #38: Vince Wheeler - The High Point Enterprise, High Point, N.C.

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    • Two-year terms serve city well
    • is Council's public hearing date an April Fools' joke?
    • Thumbs up
    • A chance to speak up

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