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China's Zhang Xin controls the ball during the AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022 match between China and Iran at Mumbai Football Arena in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Jan 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

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Alexandr Loginov of Russia, right, taps teammate Eduard Latypov of Russia for the fourth exchange during the men's 4 x 7.5km relay race at the biathlon World Cup in Anterselva, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

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In an article last February headlined “Do Facebook, Twitter and YouTube censor conservatives? Claims ‘not supported by the facts,’ new research says,” USA Today’s Jessica Guynn wrote, “Despite repeated charges of anti-conservative bias from former President Donald Trump and other GOP critics, Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube are not slanted against right-leaning users, a new report out of New York University found.”

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Winter is officially here and if you are like me, I tend to look for indoor ideas to keep the family or guests entertained. With the roads also sometimes becoming icy, I do not always want to make an epic road trip to parts far away as well. So let’s stick a bit closer to home as the new year starts and visit or possibly revisit an old favorite.

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That's why it's puzzling the Lawrence County Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation voted to remove Boyd on Friday morning from the chamber/economic development board. Boyd was the lone elected official on the board and was asked to resign because he voiced displeasure over how it was spending taxpayer money on Forward Lawrence, a $175,000 initiative to drive economic development.

Chamber CEO Alex McCoy told The News in 2019 the goal of the just-launched Forward Lawrence was to create programs and plans to capitalize on the county's strengths and market itself to investors. Coincidentally, foundation board chairman John Cournan — the same John Cournan who asked for Boyd's resignation because he had a difference of opinion on the spending of taxpayer funds — told The News in that 2019 story Forward Lawrence would benefit from the county's biggest asset, it's people.

So why then did the board vote to remove the only person who actually represents and has to answer to the people? 

When Forward Lawrence was formally unveiled to the public at a Nov. 29 luncheon in early December, the action plan presented said the county needs a positive image and upgraded entranceways to business parks. There were other recommendations and ideas. 

Forward Lawrence could be the engine that drives Lawrence County into the future. Or it could be another big idea that uses taxpayer money with little oversight and nothing more than a pinky promise they'll be used correctly and efficiently.

Regardless of whatever personal disagreements could be at play, the taxpayer has a right to be heard when their future and their money is on the line. Unless his seat is filled by another publicly elected official, at the least Boyd's ouster looks nothing but a political move made after feelings got hurt. 

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In this file photo taken April 12, 1963, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, left, and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. lead a column of demonstrators as they attempt to march on Birmingham, Ala., City Hall. Arrested for leading a march against racial segregation in 1963, King Jr. spent days in solitary confin…

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Dr. Erin Houston, Shenango Valley Urban League president and CEO, speaks during a protest march June 5, 2020, in Farrell.

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Antonio Brown tossed his jersey and shoulder pads toward the bench, threw his glove and undershirt into the stands and ran off the field bare-chested, waving a peace-out sign to fans in the end zone while Tom Brady huddled the offense for an important play.

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The ball drops in Times Square, fireworks light the night sky in large cities and small, the Rose Parade makes its way through the streets of Los Angeles, stadiums vibrate with enthusiasm as the best college teams face off against each other.

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This is probably a minority position, but I feel very confident in saying that 2022 will be a very good year for the economy. We are looking at a situation where we have low unemployment, falling inflation and rising real wages. It is likely to be the best economy we have seen in many decades.

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