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Original post made by Disagree w/B, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Mar 21, 2009

Postings on the parcel tax have been opened by citizens and by this paper's staff. But as soon as a posting disagrees with the position of the school district or this paper's support of the parcel tax, it is shut down to posters unless you register to comment.

It's already been mentioned that it is the paper's right. I get that. It's also been mentioned that you can give a false name and address to register. Seems pointless.

The most recent editorial posted ("Facing Layoffs") could have started with comments allowed only by registered posters. Instead, it is opened to all and then it later is closed to non-registered posters, in this case presumably because it does not support the views of the editor.

What is the point? What is it the paper is trying to accomplish? Does the owner know this is occurring?

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 21, 2009 at 8:38 am

Disagree w/B:

It seems like you and a handful of others are trying to use this as a place to stage your anti-parcel tax campaign. Maybe you'd be better off creating your own website and organizing a campaign separate from this blog.

It's hard to know if there really is a significant opposition to the tax (most people I talk to in the real world see it as a temporary but necessary solution) because it's the same 5 names posting on this thing over and over and over again.


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Posted by Kiko
a resident of Val Vista
on Mar 21, 2009 at 9:13 am

The registration scam was started because of the "insensitive" remarks and personal attacks, yadda yadda that were being posted. But if you think those remarks were cruel, then you need to talk to people on the street and you'll hear remarks in straightforward language that you couldn't print. This is a divided community and PW Bing has helped to widen the chasm.


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Posted by Disagree w/B
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 21, 2009 at 9:15 am

My experience in talking to others about the tax is different from yours. It could be because it is a perspective spoken outside the influence of a school campus or a meeting.

If this is a forum to debate a topic, then all should be welcome. I have chosen to respect the rules of posting. I make no assumptions about other posters. I'm taking it at face value and respond based on my position. If the posters get out of hand on either side, there is a button to report it and to have the objectionable post taken down. It doesn't seem more than that is necessary.

My point is that if there is incomplete coverage in the press, if your position is shouted down in a meeting, if one board member's ideas are ignored, if the method of voting is chosen possibly to position a vote's outcome (date of the vote and not a mail in vote--cheaper), or if you are forced to suddenly register to remain on an ongoing blog, it isn't a discussion anymore, it's about pushing an agenda.



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Posted by residentB
a resident of another community
on Mar 21, 2009 at 9:19 am

Its Jebs paper - he can say and do whatever he wants.
In the end, all comes down to a vote. We will see.


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Posted by Disagree w/B
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 21, 2009 at 9:42 am

Just to clarify, it isn't exactly Jeb's paper: Web Link

I agree "we will see," but what happens to the community after that? If the parcel tax loses, where will the paper stand then; can it be proud of its coverage; can it do anything to mend fences? If the parcel tax wins, will there be unbiased coverage about how the funds are used?


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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 21, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Dear Pleasanton Weekly,

I used to read your paper. There were things of interest and I used to feel that the views of all of the residents of Pleasanton were considered and equally treated. After all, a true news organization reports news without creating it, right. But now that the paper has CLEARLY taken a stand I have been using the paper to line my bird cage.

The bird died last night, so I have no further use for your campaign literature disguised as a newspaper.


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