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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Pardon the Interruption

We are editing the latest posting with some additional information, and it will be re-posted with a couple of changes.
Besides the added information, most of the comments that were tagged to it will be gone. This is being done for several reasons.
First of all, Freedom of Speech (FOS) has decided NOT to allow comments on that blog. For whatecver reasons, that is their perogative, and it must be respected. Therefore, this blog, Speak Out Loud New Albany (SOLNA), will NOT become the 'default' comment section for FOS.
We have asked again and again that folks stay on topic for discussions and leave the personal attacks and/or 'taunting' off of SOLNA. However, our requests have gone unheeded for the most part, so we must implement some stricter "RULES".
From this point forward any comments about the FOS blog, it's administrator(s), it's policies, it's intentions, etc., etc., will be promptly deleted from SOLNA. Should the person(s) involved with the FOS blog wish to engage in such discussions, the option to open up the site for comments is theirs.
Any and all comments that attack any private citizens on a personal level are off limits as well.
Now, in an effort to endorse idea of community discussions, and in the interest of information disbursement, should there be a "TOPIC" on FOS regarding a community issue that you want to civilly discuss on SOLNA, such comments will be allowed to stand.
This decision has been carefully considered and is not up for discussion, nor will we waste time defending this decision. So, don't waste your time trying to tell us we should be doing things differently.
Look for the previous posting to be re-posted on Friday with additional vital information.


  • There was an article in yesterday's Tribune which may have been missed by many people.

    A dear friend of our family, Eddie Bottoms was injured Monday from a fall. He was about 35 feet up along with his son, Josh. He suffered a fractured skull, pelvis and arm. He also has bleeding behind his right eye and we do not know yet if he will lose his sight in that eye.

    Eddie works in heating and air and was installing duct work on a building in Louisville.

    He landed on a concrete floor on top of a pile of metal studs. The doctors said it was a miracle that he survived. He is still in ICU at University Hospital but he is making progress. His wife, Cathy has been staying at the hospital all week to be near him.

    Cathy is unable to work due to a disease in her spine so he is the sole provider. Yes, Worker's comp will kick in eventually but they need immediate help.

    Eddie and Cathy are always helping others. They are the "go to" couple when a person needs a place to stay for the night or a young person needs a hot meal and an ear to listen to them. They have a small home in the west end and it is never empty.

    Since Eddie is a heating and air expert he frequently does "side jobs" for free, just charging for the materials. He has purchased used furnaces and air conditioning equipment and installed them for free to people who could not afford these otherwise.

    We are planning a fund raiser soon in the form of a Karaoke and dance, site undetermined at this point.

    If anyone can help these wonderful people please contace the Obelisk Credit Union 944-1325.

    Thank you.

    Laura, thank you for the space.

    By Anonymous shirley, at 7:00 AM, October 06, 2006  

  • Freedom of Speech is dedicated to all the little people in New Albany. Always remember the Freedom to speak no matter what the situation. We are not going to give these Freedoms away. No one shall take these rights from us. The moment we begin to see the personal agendas in City Government, we should speak out. We now have a voice. We can make a difference on the way our City Government operates. Our philosophy is common sense and seeing things as they our. And doing things as they should be done.

    Now ask yourselfs do you really think any post on any blog in New Albany can "really affect anyone connected" to Freedom of Speech?

    I bet they all find total humor in all of this.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:05 AM, October 06, 2006  

  • If you are going to constantly quote "FOS" and refer to all her postings as gospel I think this would be a great place to respond to their nonsense.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:34 AM, October 06, 2006  

  • Just so you know, "it's" = It is. "It's" is not possessive, the manner in which you appear to be using it.Just so you know.

    And I have complete faith that you will not allow personal attacks on people (nod, nod, wink, wink)
    I'm also sure that we can look forward to as many attacks as possible about the mayor, his mother, his dog - if he has one. I'm sure Tony Toran will be attacked. I wonder if those people at Kroger know how much their jobs suck.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:55 AM, October 06, 2006  

  • Hey, are you folks planning any classy moves at the parade this year like last year's flipping the bird?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:35 AM, October 06, 2006  

  • They probably are because they are a bunch of class acts.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:59 AM, October 06, 2006  

  • We are not here to advocate for, or to assail, any of the postings that appear on FOS. We are simply upholding their decision to not participate in "comments".
    As for discussions about the mayor and/or any other PUBLIC OFFICIAL, they have chosen to engage in careers that make them fair game for scrutiny on both professional and personal levels.
    Just look at the national attention being given to many PERSONAL issues being raised about so many other politicians.
    Their actions are held to a higher level of scrutiny. It's just one minor inconvenience that comes with the job.
    However, private citizens who voice their opinions about their government should not be subjected to insults and critisism designed to discourage their use of free speech.
    WE are the voters. As voters we absolutely will avail ourselves of the right to dissect any traits we find troubling in our elected and appointed leaders.

    By Blogger East Ender, at 2:06 PM, October 06, 2006  

  • If public citizens can dish it out, then they should be able to take it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:22 PM, October 06, 2006  

  • Isn't it a shame the laws just don't read that way, Anon 2:22 poster?

    Maybe you can work on that issue.

    FOS has their issues they want to print and not discuss except on this blog; SOLNA has their issues they want to print and discuss.

    I feel FOS should open up their blog and put the Moderator on it and that way they can print only the comments they agree with.

    There are valid issues posted on FOS; but discussion of same should take place on their blog, not SOLNA's. I would suggest if FOS won't open their blog up for comments and the discussions keep ending up on this blog; take the link away and keep on deleting their comments, EE. It's not worth our time if we can't work in harmony. There are more than enough issues in this here fair city a dozen people could post each day.

    Hope both blogs can keep up the good works and work out the issue of where FOS's discussions take place.

    I will now simply wait for the hate postings that will follow this posting. Can't and won't worry about that issue, because it will simply prove my point.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:47 PM, October 06, 2006  

  • Darn. I was busy elsewhere and missed the whole show.

    Let's see, that makes at least 3 first page postings and related comments deleted in the last year on this blog. I frequent several of the area blogs and do not remember even one instance of that happening on any other blog.

    I wonder why that is?

    By Blogger Iamhoosier, at 4:38 PM, October 06, 2006  

  • EE

    Please explain why personal attacks on public officials are acceptable here.

    Let's say a public official is seen at a high school football game with his/her family, cheering their team and eating hot dogs or nachos.

    Then someone posts "Hey, I saw Suzie Politician at the Floyd Central game last night. What a slob she is. She was devouring a hot dog like it was going out of style."

    Something like that is a purely personal attack, not related at all to "Suzie's" job as a public official. Is that right. I say "no." "Suzie" should be entitled to live her private life as a private citizen and not have some whacko anti-Suzie person personally attack her in this semi-public forum.

    What do you say?


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:21 AM, October 13, 2006  

  • Not answering from east ender, but let's phrase it another way than eating hotdogs...

    How about when Gary Hart egged the reporters on to show him his personal life had nothing to hide and boom! Lights, Camera, Action.

    Your argument is open to various levels of interpretation. Interesting -- are you defending FOS on here. You know East Ender will have to delete it.

    She's been busy doing other things and she'll be updating up soon on some other issues staring us in the face BESIDES POLITICS.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:48 PM, October 28, 2006  

  • I am not defending anyone in particular, just the right of a public official to have a private life.

    Gary Hart's situation was interesting, because it pointed toward character (of course in national politics, that doesn't seem to matter any more).

    Now, if Suzie was truly a slob, and never learned table manners, then yes, her eating habits would be an issue. But, if Suzie just dribbled some mustard, and some opportunist takes a picture, which doesn't really portray the real Suzie, then I have a problem with that, regardless of Suzie's politics or party affiliation.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:52 AM, October 30, 2006  

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