Well, Todd, you sure managed to stir up a Hornets Nest on this one! Good job.
I've given your comments some thought and what you say is partially true- a lot of the Posts are just junk and you have to wade through them- but a lot of what you read in newspapers (even yours) is junk and you have to wade through that, too- and the same is- particularly- true of TV- so where is the difference? In both cases- established media and citizen produced comments- you need to be careful and do fact checking.
Speaking for myself, I like your message board (not just because I get a chance to spout off- junk comments?)- but, also, because I find it highly educational. Here's just one example. The thread about the Russian Incursion into Ukraine- which I read earlier today (refraining, for once, to say anything) brought in Russia's attempted takeover of Georgia in 08 during the final day's of the Bush Presidency and made the argument that the media unfairly differentiated between the two events- and the other side just as stoutly denied it.
Now, I honestly don't know who is right, but that's not the point. The point is that it started me thinking in a new direction- broadened my perspective- and now I have to do some "fact checking" to see where the truth actually lies. And that's just one example- the same has happened to me again and again since I started visiting Vindy.com eighteen months ago- Highly educational as I said.
The way I see it- Electronic Message Boards- are the high-tech equivalent of the old-fashioned Town Hall Meeting (which you still find in some parts of New England- I think New Hampshire) where everybody in town from the Mayor to the guy that hangs out at the gas station (or lives in his Mom's Basement) gets a chance to voice their opinion- and then, of course, all the listeners have a chance to separate the wheat from the chaff- Fact Checking, as I said.
March 10, 2014 at 10:49 p.m.
@ Utica. I don't get what you mean by 'trolls". Who is it that you think should be thrown out and who get's to make that decision?
It seems to me there's a good mechanism in place already to "police" behavior on this message board- the "Flag this Comment" if Offensive line. It works, I know from personal experience- I went over the top once and made some statements about somebody that I shouldn't have- there was a complaint- and everything I said was deleted- as if it never existed. I didn't complain, because I knew I was wrong, and- let's face it- I'm only human- not everything I say or write is wonderful, witty or wise!
March 9, 2014 at 11:43 p.m.
So, Todd, if you're not a fan of the Vindy Message Board- what do you propose to do about it? The Genie got out of the Bottle a long time ago and there's no putting him back in- it's part of the Digital Revolution that's changing the world and upsetting a lot of apple carts- one of them the traditional print industry- places like the "Vindicator PRINTING Company". Pretty soon all you're going to have are electronic journals as printed newspapers go the way of the Horse and Buggy.
Is that bad? I'm not sure, I have mixed feelings, but, I do know one thing: the Vindy wouldn't be doing it- spending money for a digital edition and encouraging looney tunes like me to comment- if they didn't think they could make money that way (and, also, knowing they have to or go under). Mark and Mrs J. aren't spending all that money just to keep us "Cellar Dwellers" happy.
By the way, Todd, did you ever stop to think that it's we "Cellar Dwellers" who help pay your salary? When I spend time with the Vindy on-line- which I do almost daily- I get exposed to a lot of advertising that get put there to be noticed by people who post messages ( maybe were not up to your "lofty" journalistic standards but it's a fact of life that your newspaper couldn't survive without people like us- at least we pay attention and do more than stare at the TV screen)
Also, quite a few of us basement people are also paid subscribers- as I am- 40 plus years- so that means we leave our cellars in the morning and trudge upstairs to pick up our printed Vindy which we have paid to have delivered to us. So, in a sense, though you may demean and insult us- it's people like me that support you in your livelihood.
P.S. By the way, I read your column every week and I find a lot to praise- and a lot to dislike- I liked your last one- a good human interest story and I said so- but I hated the one before that (about Randy Dunn)- and I also said so- but, I do believe, I kept my comments factual- I don't think I called you a "Journalistic Hack" or a "No-account Scribbler"- terms on the same level of insult as "Cellar Dweller".
March 9, 2014 at 10:57 p.m.
How about Alfred E. Neumann for Y.S.U. President- He'd be just as good as "Jimbo" Tressel and he'd probably work for a lot less.
(A Dog and Pony Show- that's all any of this is).
March 2, 2014 at 3:36 a.m.
I have to say, Todd, I reread your story and I think it was beautifully done. What that lady was able to do to overcome the handicaps in her life is an inspiration to us all. Thank You!
March 2, 2014 at 2:50 a.m.
You know, JS, I was trying to think of a good, pungent, one word description of your comment #218 and what I came up with was "Imbecilic".
"The gay life is spread by human contact". What does that mean? Are you comparing Homosexuality to Leprosy? Is that what you mean? It's a contagious disease? So, maybe you think gay's should be shunned- put on an Island- like a Leper Colony. I've always had the feeling that "gay bashers" were guys not very secure in their own sexuality and they felt threatened- so anybody different had to be attacked.
The truth is that the "gay life" is for the most part based on genetics- just about all the research shows sexual preferences are "in-born" so persecuting people because of their sexual preferences makes about as much sense as attacking somebody because of the color of their eyes- or the color of their skin- it makes no sense whatsoever.
Having said that, I still don't believe in SSM- Gays can have full civil rights- marriage is another matter- it's an arrangement (Instrument of Torture?) between a man and a woman. That's my view.
P.S. Talking about being "secure in your masculinity", the Litmus Test for me is being in the Y-dressing room surrounded by "Swinging Dicks" of various sizes. I look around me and, believe me, there isn't even a hint of sexual desire in that direction. I continue, as Jimmy Carter said, to "Lust After Women"!
March 2, 2014 at 2:41 a.m.
Good story, Todd. I attended a Catholic parochial school and I have great memories of the nuns there- a wonderful group of people- backbone of the Church, really, more important than most of the priests. They live Christianity in a way that most of us only aspire to...
March 2, 2014 at 1:44 a.m.
Bert, I wonder if you could explain to us what any of this- "what Jim Tressel decides to do- whether to stay in Akron or come to Youngstown, etc. etc"- actually has to do with helping the young people who come to Y.S.U. for an education? Your column reminds me of a National Enquirer story gushing about Hollywood Celebrities- "All things... between Youngstown and Akron- aren't equal when it comes to COMPETING FOR TRESSEL" (my emphasis)- My Question, Bluntly Stated: Who the F-ck cares about Jim Tressel! He's not that important. No wonder an increasing number of students are choosing to spend their educational dollars elsewhere - NEOCC and other places managed by ordinary mortals (paid a decent wage) and not by overpaid "superstars" like Jimbo Tressel"- or the guy that just kicked us in the- you know where- Randy "Weasel" Dunn.
The whole thing is ridiculous. Let me ask you this. Can you name the person who runs North Eastern Community College? Or the ETI Technical College? Or Choffin Career Center? Or the Mahoning Valley Career Center on Palmyra Road? I'll bet you can't- because all those places are run by competent, and fairly rewarded, managers and not half-assed- grossly overpaid- Celebrity types like Jim Tressel.
The Vindy- and You- could benefit the community a whole lot by telling the Truth for a changeand not continuing to support what is, essentially, an absurd and wasteful "Dog and Pony Show". that doesn't benefit students one bit. For Shame.
March 2, 2014 at 1:07 a.m.
There's a huge, huge amount of "Waste" in our government- and the problem is a lot of taxpayers are so upset about that- as they should be- that they adopt a "blanket attitude" to every Government Program- that's a mistake. We have to learn to evaluate every program on it's merits- or lack thereof- and helping kid's to acquire an education is definitely money well spent.
Thomas Jefferson said: "The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance" and I think that about says it. Problem is, who among the citizenry can afford to be "eternally vigilant"- most of us have jobs to hold, family to raise, etc. The "vigilant ones" are the professionals- full time Politicians- and they're exactly the ones we should be keeping an eye on.
February 28, 2014 at 10:46 p.m.
"A Dog and Pony Show", as I've long said. The poor, poor, students they deserve better than this- and the Youngstown Community deserves better than a Daily Newspaper that doesn't know how to honestly address the facts.
February 28, 2014 at 10:14 p.m.