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Has Town Square Croaked?

Original post made by Sally in Birdland, Birdland, on Jan 31, 2011

What's happened to the Town Square topics in the e-mails sent out by the Pleasanton Weekly? They haven't been updated in weeks, and one of the three topics has been closed by Jeb. Is somebody snoozing at the PW?

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Posted by jimf01
a resident of another community
on Jan 31, 2011 at 10:25 am

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I believe we understand now what the editor feels is "the new civility" required in Pleasanton.

I added comments to personal attacks aimed at me to the closed "McNerney praises Obama speech" thread, and the comments are deleted and the personal insults remained. Now the thread is closed and all previous comments were censored.

I did not chime in previously on this topic in general, because I feel that it was me specifically, and political talk in general, that has caused in large part the change in policy at the PW.

After all, this message board was fairly sleepy, quite like those on the Danville and San Ramon Express TS forums remain today until many political threads got rolling. I am quite certain that the increase in political debate brought increased page views across this entire site, and I feel that, despite what some of my right-wing brethren may feel about the PW editors political leanings, the editors have been mainly quite fair to those who are fair and refrain from personal attacks in the course of political debate.

The ability to post anonymously here frees up certain individuals to feel that they can make any sort of personal attack at any time. I am not going to give an opinion one way or the other on whether or not this is something that should go away, as free and anonymous speech has had an essential role in the development of our great country.

It was some of the earliest writings of our founding fathers, great figures in history who used pseudonyms to publish letters to the editor under. Of course, the standard of civility was quite different in those days, dueling as a way to settle personal differences had yet to be outlawed.

I will continue to post here, using my logged in and registered ID, and encourage those who want open and honest debate to do the same.

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Posted by mepartypatriot
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 31, 2011 at 11:23 pm

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Folks, reading your comments makes me think that conservatives feel they are victims, and conspiracy-enthusiasts.

You think you are under attack. Reflect on what you watch, what you think and what you write. It speaks volumes about victimization.

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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Feb 1, 2011 at 9:38 am

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meparty---you have it totally backwards. It's not conservatives that promote a victim mentality, it's the left. Welfare, race-baiting, healthcare takeover, over-regulation, etc. keeps the lefties in power over their fawning, vacuous leftist minions.
Nice attempt at deflection, though.

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Posted by jimf01
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on Feb 2, 2011 at 1:02 pm

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me pp - The issue is not victimization, it is marginalization, and it happens all the time, on both sides of the argument. The attacks are meant to trigger nothing less than the marginalization of a group, i.e. tea partiers are all old racist kkk hater white bla bla,

Now, in my comment above I did just the opposite. I reinforced that someone who wants to simply deflect from discussing an issue by simply marginalizing the other side has the free speech right to do that.

And that is what I have continued to do, ignore such blather from both sides (yes conservatives do it too) and try to focus on the issues, though I do get pulled in by the baiting on occasion.

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Posted by jimf01
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on Feb 3, 2011 at 7:55 am

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I get the message from the editors, limit the threads to registered users! Thanks

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

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