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My point being....The Pilot relies on the community. It was very irresponsible to allow some of the posts to be made public. However amusing and interesting they may have been. Now it is "cover your a&& time" and the blame is being assigned to the public. No, it is the public that has made this such a welcome tool to our community.
Lessskiing, you are so correct that this is a small time publication, all the more reason for some free thought. i have relatives a thousand miles away who have visited ,that daily read this site and post. our "small town mentality" is not always so small town, yet the majority of these ideals are made by the local crowd. Gives insight to those that we live and work among. Again the wonderous idea of free speech..................
odd isn't it, that comments are still being posted about Wall...yet Cargos articles have been removed.
things that make you go HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM....
to those of you missing the point....free speech. vulgarity aside. (yes opinion.. but still) when I signed up i was mislead to believe that I had the RIGHT and CHOICE to remain behind the scenes, and express an opinion of topics in my local paper that would effect me or my family. Ahh duh folks.... that right to a choice was just expelled...due to some folks who disagree with opinions/facts from others. It is called thinking for ones self.....this forum gave us the oppurtunity to do so without fear of repercussion from employers, friends and family. Anyone remember "1984"?
Am I ready to stand behind anything I have posted, you betcha, it is my right as a free thinking person in what is supposed to be one of the most progressive nations in the world. Am I ready to go so boldly into my place of employment tomorrow morning and express the same views that effect me and mine so candidly? NO, the Pilot mislead us into thinking or believing that the comments posted here would be monitored for vulgar or obscene posts, nothing was said that ones views had to agree with a certain population in the valley. I am disgusted that a free, public publication would assume the position of censurship that is being offered to us. the very people whose advertisments and ideals keep it going.
I am also distrurbed by the fact that many of us have been posting for some time, ideals and opinions that again, we were led to believe would be monitored and removed if deemed "to offensive" .the basis of this article is the possible written "abusive" comments posted by some, but some of those comments also generated the most responses. It is the irresponsible practices of those left to moderate these discussions which may have lead to possible legal ramifications, not just those who expressed an opinion (although thank you to those that actually tried to document and back up your thoughts or opinions, again made some of us think and research) due to lack of the moderation, "abuse" of some ideals may be the view of some. It is the open forum that we have been accustomed that has led to the "abuse and misconduct" of comments made.
On the other hand, isn't great that we live in a nation where ones feelings may be hurt, but minds are expanded and people are sometimes encouraged to think for themselves.
The Pilot is a free publication (except Sundays.. where oddley enough more names are put to print in the record....)
Those of us that live work and spend our money here do have a say in a matter such as this. The more I think of it, I am not so ready for such a small publication to dictate to me what opinions I can say online, I am however strongly oppsed to the unregulated gathering of such personal information.... it is not Brents, or anyones elses business what gender or age I am.....Discrimination anyone????
hmmmmmmmmm... anyone else notice the new names this evening? it is nice to see the participation, opinions and ideals. Though we all may not agree. i have to say what a nice irony to see how many appreciate free speech. yet are afraid to use names and personal info online. I am one of them. This gave insights to our community, and those that would visit or just care about the valley... gonna go away now? or shall we find another way to express OPINIONS that may effect our families and lives here. How nice that the Pilot feels this need to censure.......................interesting.
same article, different incident. no difference, the Pilot had no issues with one of thier journalists calling ones employer over a comment, but oddly, Rob never called the one who posted the comment. Seemed one sided. But so do recent articles seems to be the new way of journalism for Steamboat.
Honestly I have enjoyed the coorespondence, you at least make people think. You will be missed......most of the time:)
Joe-mama- thanks for the encouraging words so thoughtfully posted above, but you see, Mr Douglas has already contacted employers in the past because of comments posted for his articles, so you see how much easier it will be now? No, I enjoy my privacy and honestly, if the pilot is more concerned about those that dont live here, rather than the ones who make the valley thier home, perhaps it is time that we switch to other papers. As demonstrated, the local voices are not longer considered a topic of interest. (gee, we only spend our money here.....live here.....no reason why our opinions should be considered........)
Wow, I agree, Puv.... thanks for a voice of reason.
I dont think I will post either, so much for a public forum. I understood that comments would be reviewed before posting, obviously they have not been. The solution? the release of MY personal information to a paper that regularly has to apologize for incorrect information that they have published. I dont think so. Thanks Brent.
you know.... isn't it odd that the two high profile cases of possible DUI, involve elected officials? hmmmmmmmmm..... let 'me think" on this......no isn't worth it, elected officials past or present open themselves to opinions. and my opinion is that both made poor choices. 12 priors?????? not stopping for an officer of the law? failure to dim headlights, conspiracy, isn't enough enough? You mess up, at least have the ah-hmmm.... b*lls to admit it and show some responsibility. I wonder what would happen to me if i was driving home late at night...saw some lights in my back mirror and I decided to drive on home and lock the door, can any person with any intelligence at all think that the cop is going to drive by my house and go, 'ahhhh gee, she is home and I dont need to take this any further?" Come on folks, common sense at some point needs to prevail...or as the late great George Carlin so simply put it....
"Children who swallow marbles...dont grow up to have children who swallow marbles" Ummmm, how many of you swallowed marbles as children????????
(now please attack my comment as the guilt consumes you...) HAHAHHAHAHAHAAAA evil mecanical laughter joins the forum.........
Ahhhhhhhhh, gee, look at the number of folks who have registered as an offender in the last few years...without actual numbers... I would say a 100% increase... no wonder.... could it have anything to do with the increasing number of non resident constuction. (one example) ect employees spending time in our Mayberry?????
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