This Website Has Been Taken Over State, National, International, posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Jun 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm Stacey is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Just an observation... This website used to be primarily about local issues. When Bush was in office, there was hardly any discussion about national politics here. Ever since January when Obama took office, it seems like there's been a concerted effort to use this website as a platform for discussion of national politics. It gets tiring. We hear it everyday on the news. Doesn't anyone have anything more useful, interesting, and LOCAL to talk about?
Posted by Liberty is not free, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 17, 2009 at 11:11 pm
The beauty of this forum is the fact that it's totally free-form. Anyone can post (practically) anything. No one person controls content. The current topics and posts simply reflect the current state of local/state/national and international affairs.
Read what you want. Post what you want. Simple. ;)
Posted by Pete, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 18, 2009 at 8:40 am
It's interesting how an overdose of garbage national political news stifles local universal problems trying to be solved in partnership within our City.I always felt that once this forum got started, improvement would be its constant guide. Liberty is not free is right. Maybe a new forum of local information can be started, even outside this publication.
Posted by paul, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jun 18, 2009 at 9:22 am
OK...I'll reply to your subject line of "This Website Has Been Taken Over."
In the first place, I disagree with your premise. Anyone can post here, as you know. And KUDOS to the PW for allowing people like me who are truly concerned with what is happening to our country because of Obama's leftist policies.
Secondly, I would rephrase your headline to reflect that there are more postings that about about the troubling direction of this country. However, to give you the benefit of the doubt that your subject line has some truth "This Website Has Been Taken Over" might be because there are many of us who feel that "This Country Has Been Taken Over By a Blatant Socialist/Marxist" who is bent on the destruction of this country's economy, defense, constitution, and other perspectives.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Jun 18, 2009 at 10:00 am Stacey is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Haha, fair enough. The headline was meant to grab attention.
I disagree that the reason "many of us feel that..." is the reason behind this change in content because the same thing could be said of the other side who felt the same way about Bush. Maybe since this forum got started towards the tail-end of Bush's 8 years everyone was weary by that point.
I try to look at the changes in power with our two-party system from a Taoist perspective. Everyone in America gets tired after awhile of one side so they flip to the other and then back again. This is because the side in power takes over then starts going too far to an extreme and we overturn them in elections to change the balance back again. Over a long period of time it evens out in the end. They cancel each other out. It's like when the Republicans gained control of Congress and the White House there was so much promise for the future but then the Republicans squandered their "political capital" and got booted out. The Democrats do the same thing when they gain in power, squandering their position. It's like yin and yang chasing each other's tails.
Posted by Parent of Two, a resident of the Val Vista neighborhood, on Jun 18, 2009 at 10:14 am Parent of Two is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
One other point. This particular board was pretty empty before the hullaballoo around Measure G (and maybe Staples Ranch). A lot of residents found the board either by investigating the Measure or through word of mouth. Since they came for political discussion (albeit local discussion), they've stayed to vent their national political frustrations/views.
Posted by PToWN94566, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 18, 2009 at 9:28 pm PToWN94566 is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Stacey and a few others, I totally agree. This website has begun to take on a nasty tone with they constant chatter of politics. These kinds of threads use to be far and few between and I remember reading more threads about local issues or events that took place. I think there are some national topics that are appropriate to discuss on here, but other than that, there is constant ranting about what one party did, or what the other party did, all the while people are attacking each other. Isn't this the same town that got upset when our mayor said something about taking on national issues and not focusing enough on our local issues? Go figure though that these could possibly be the same people who discuss national politics on a daily basis.
Posted by Wow, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 18, 2009 at 11:07 pm
I'm getting bored with most of the threads here.
I preferred when Measure G was in the heat of things. I didn't like the barbs thrown, but I enjoyed hearing thoughtful ideas from both sides. It was always fun to hear an idea I liked/agreed with from an opponent of my position.
The bomb throwers and those with flint on their heels bore me.
Some people need to vent as Pof2 said. I'm good with that, but get constructive eventually...puh-leez.
I wish there was something they could "do" with their engeries other than post their opinions alone.
I wish there was a true debate forum where it wasn't just a "free speech" thing for anyone to say something creepy, but rather ideas could be sharpened.
For example, if we could craft a new California government, what would it look like?
I think topics like that one is a better way to channel political interest and energy.
The rest of the forum-taggers could just stay on pointless name-throwing threads.
Posted by Julie, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 19, 2009 at 10:04 pm Julie is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
I'm sorry, but I don't think comments like local yokel's should be allowed. I've been on the other end of such comments myself and it's unnecessary. No, I don't care what a group of anonymous people think about me, but I also don't think it's right for one person to think they are the thread or blog "Conscience" or "Decider of Who Does and Does Not Belong". No one should have to suffer being called a rude name or being made to feel unwelcome at this website - particularly not someone like Frank who tends to offer actual insight. In fact, in this case his post was spot on. Calling a fellow poster "passive aggressive" is equally unnecessary. What did JLM hope to gain? Agree or disagree, but keep the a**hole comments inside your head.
Posted by sheerluck_holmes, a resident of the Jensen Tract neighborhood, on Jun 20, 2009 at 3:21 pm
Rudeness, personal attacks are a sign of a lack of ideas, or how to express them thoughtfully. Otherwise I think this is a great forum for understanding the views of my neighbors on a wide range of topics. The fact a lot of the commentary is national or political in nature just means this is a community that looks beyond its own borders.