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Monticello Media is a new Charlottesville-based company formed solely to purchase and operate six radio stations in Charlottesville as of October 2007. We do not have radio stations in any other markets. Our only focus and interest is serving Charlottesville area listeners and businesses. As a privately-held company, we don't have to weigh the whims of Wall Street against the needs of the constituents we serve.

Monticello Media's station mix is based on custom research conducted in the Charlottesville market. Our stations are designed to satisfy the interest and desires of our community and to allow area businesses to reach the most desirable consumers.

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Unfortunately, moral dialogue is not easy. It can be disturbing, exhausting, rambling, and contentious, as well as exciting, creative, productive, and satisfying. Perhaps this is why so many people prefer the impersonality of the law to direct, eyeball-to-eyeball moral discussion. Admittedly, turning to the law can be good insofar as it permits people to articulate certain principles with which almost everyone can agree. But it can also be bad when people fail to realize that the law is not a seamless web. Within it are contained many of the contradictions, confusions, inconsistencies, and incoherences, and much of the incompleteness that plague morality.

Although much of our reproductive policy is based on the almost universally accepted harm principle (a person's liberty may be restricted only to prevent physical or psychological injury to other specific individuals), some of it is based on other, more controversial principles. Among these principles, says philosopher Joel Feinberg, are those of (1) legal paternalism (a person's liberty may be restricted to protect himself or herself from self-inflicted harm or even to confer a benefit on him or her); (2) legal moralism (a person's liberty may be restricted to protect other specific individuals, or society as a whole, from immoral behavior, where the word immoral means neither "harmful" nor "offensive" but something like "against the rule of a higher authority" (God) or "against a social taboo"); and (3) the offense principle (a person's liberty may be restricted in relative harmony, we need to regard our particular moral points of view as ones that are subject to revision by others as well as by ourselves.

Of course, consensus is not always possible, but there is no way of knowing for certain, before actual dialogue commences, whether our moral differences are going to be irreconcilable in any particular instance. It is this fact, that we cannot know in advance whether our attempts at consensus are destined for success or failure, that motivates us to communicate with one another. During the process of sharing information and revealing ourselves, we may change our minds and even shift our points of view. Such changes and shifts are not harmful compromises or spineless accommodations on our part. Rather, they are a sign that we are actively engaged in the process of constructing a set of common moral values. We make our moral values in dialogue with other human beings rather than discovering them ready-made.