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Original post made by m, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Aug 19, 2009

First of all I want to applaud the Pleasanton Weekly for having a Town Square Forum, especially in the turbulent political climate of today. As I read the blaring posts, I thought at first, I was living in a bubble of surreal extremism. But, the more I look at the news, I'm finding that this forum actually accurately reflects the general mood of the country. The Town Hall meetings across the nation are absurd to me. Yet, we uphold the Freedom of Speech dearly. All we have is our opinion to fight the varying ideals out in the real world. This is a tough time ... we are victims of our own excesses and success. I have faith we will strike a balance ... but I don't think it's going to happen without the cathartic blurting that these forums provide.

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Posted by M
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 20, 2009 at 1:27 am

You are not M. I am M! all kidding aside, I would just say that the news is really not a reliable method of discerning the mood of the nation. "The News" is a for profit entity, be it Fox, CNN, Local network affiliate or even independent. News reporting agencies (by and large) put their personal spin, sensationalize, blow out of proportion, aggrandize, and editorialize as they see fit in order to keep their viewership up, and growing and to keep the sponsors happy. While I am well aware as many of us are that there is a good deal of turbulence in the current political climate the news is doing its doing nothing more than making the overall landscape appear to be one giant riotous mob about to explode into violence over health care reform. This is why I still find the belligerent nature of many political posts on these forums quite out of sync with the rest of the area, or nation.

Yet, the freedom to blurt out whatever one wishes to, and the ease that the internet allows such blurting to be executed with is exceptional. As much as many of the posts and opinions irritate, or simply leave me stupefied, I treasure the fact we all have the right to be equally as silly, annoying etc.. without the fear of reprisal. Then again who doesn't enjoy a nice heated discussion from time to time? It may not be the most effective method of sharing ideas, or solving problems, but it works from time to time.

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Posted by m to n
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2009 at 8:45 am

M ... first I hope you noticed I am changing to N from M ... you were first and I don't want to intrude ... second ... great feedback ... intelligence does exist! Whew! There for a while I was worried.

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