Let’s get started!
Welcome to our new Readers’ Forum – a place for YOU to let US know what your opinion is about the ‘going on’s’ in town. This forum is where readers can weigh in on a variety of issues that affect them and their community. This space will be a place for readers to express their opinions on certain topics, as well as provide another venue to facilitate and forge discussion. But there’s a catch. Unlike similar online forums, the Town Reminder forum will present a specific issue of the week, and discussion will be monitored to reflect not only that specific issue, but fairness and decorum. The issue of the week will be announced in the Town Reminder, identified in an article each week with a “Readers’ Forum” icon, and readers will be invited to weigh in online. Here’s how it works: before comments are posted, they will be routed to me automatically at firstname.lastname@example.org. While these comments can be sent anonymously, contact information (return email addresses) will be required. As monitor of the site, I will be responsible for maintaining online decorum and post only those comments, which will remain unedited, that contribute to a healthy and vigorous debate. No mudslinging. No misinformation. While the forum provides a reader-to-reader connection, it will also provide me with an opportunity to connect with you. I will jump into discussions from time to time, offering my thoughts on various topics. You will know it’s me — I won’t be anonymous — I will always identify myself when I enter discussion and debate. I will also invite town officials to forum discussions, and they, too, will be identified, in their comments and responses. Although topics will change from week to week, what will remain constant is the goal — to increase understanding about issues that have an impact on us, our families and our community as a whole. Give it a try, and we’ll plunge into this new venue together.
Our first topic: WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE CHARTER VOTE? WILL YOU VOTE “YES” OR “NO” FOR THE CHANGE?
Let’s get started!
-Aimee M. Henderson
Editor, Town Reminder