Censorship of No On Parcel Tax Postings
Original post made by John on Apr 2, 2009
I don't understand why they are doing this. If someone has a problem with a particular posting, they need only click on the "report objectionable content" button and PW staff can review the posting.
I have seen threads on this forum which were extremely vicious (e.g. those related to the death of Laurel Williams who was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her friend who was drunk at the time) and were allowed to continue for weeks.
But postings critical of the way PUSD has managed taxpayers' money or asking readers to contact their school board with questions or requests for records seem to very quickly get closed off.
The parcel tax measure is of vital interest to the Pleasanton community and ALL discussion should be permitted regardless of whether the poster is for or against the tax.
Placing barriers to open communication, and particularly placing them very specifically is hardly in keeping with a basic American tenet - freedom of speech.
Please join me in asking the Pleasanton Weekly Staff to allow discussions on this issue to be easily accessible for the entire community.
on Apr 2, 2009 at 8:02 pm
You make an excellent point - we should always know with whom we are communicating. I am at the point of avoiding the Weekly blog altogether because of the total disregard for respect or accountability. In fact, I would prefer for all users to use their name and name should be the registration requirement - as required with letters to the editor.
on Apr 2, 2009 at 8:30 pm
Kathleen is a registered user.
I don't mind the anonymity. The parcel tax is particularly emotional and people worry about the potential impact to their children. I think the PW is inconsistent in how it is applying this new rule. I have emailed Jeb directly including posting my objections on two of the threads in question.
on Apr 2, 2009 at 8:36 pm
I have found many of the postings to be very informative and I'm particularly fond of the ones where links are provided to information given in the post.
Until recently, I had no idea there were so many stores selling dog related products in Pleasanton!
I also enjoy Cholo's posts - sometimes they are a bit extreme, but often s/he is just incredibly entertaining.
I think it's great that there is an online forum available; I'd just prefer that the Pleasanton Weekly would allow the forum to be the open discussion it's intended to be and only restrict posts when they contain obscenities or are so objectionable no one has any reason to disagree when the PW gives the topic a rest.
I don't have any problem with anyone choosing to be anonymous - or not. Certainly when it comes to discussions about the parcel tax, I understand why people on both sides of the issue choose to be anonymous. If posters were required to provide their full names, there wouldn't be much discussion - and that would be a shame.
But I am curious Pete....after reading all the posts, what are your thoughts on the parcel tax?