Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What Kind Of Conversation Does Mt. Lebanon Need?

Does it need nothing beyond the “everything is great, only positive and forward-thinking news to report” style of conversation? Or does it need something more? Is there a place for honest conversation, that which informed and educated people expect in a town that holds itself to high standards? Is it so bad that sometimes this honesty shines a light on unpleasant truths about the town, its government, and its residents? If we are afraid to shine a light on these things, how can we expect to fix them?

At Blog-Lebo, we are trying to shine light on the good, the bad, and, yes, sometimes even the ugly about Mt. Lebanon. Can Mt. Lebanon handle the truth? We think that it can.

UPDATE: I agree with everything Joe has written here. —Tom

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Anonymous John Ewing said...

Honest conversation helps keep high community standards and government accountable to the residents.

One of the problems we are having now is some elected officials only believe in referendum when it is time for their own re-election.

If the residents trust government to make good decisions, why doesn’t government trust the residents to approve those decisions at referendum?

January 20, 2010 10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe and Tom, All you need to do is read the thread and comments posted on Real(?) Lebo to know that Blog Lebo is what is needed, and wanted, by the community. Civil discussion, from any side of an issue is allowed and encouraged here. That other blog wants none of it. You either agree with the positions espoused by those two, or your comments are ignored and the thread is "snipped". Keep up the good work done here. That other place is certainly not competetion in any way.
Joe Wertheim

January 21, 2010 11:07 AM  
Blogger Matthew said...

The dismissive snip was quite a slap in the face to not only Mike but also anyone who is interested in hearing more than one viewpoint on an issue.

It appears that for now, that blog is a self-serving page for a couple of people who only want to hear their own points of view and don't want to be questioned. That's not exactly the community resource that I'm looking for. Hopefully, they'll get better as they learn the ropes, but for now, I have better things to do with my time.

January 21, 2010 10:10 PM  
Blogger Mike Madison said...

Don't worry about me! (I'm sure that no one is.) I've dealt with far worse in the blogosphere.

January 21, 2010 10:43 PM  
Blogger Joe Polk said...

Matt -- I must say that I totally agree with your assessment of the way that Mike was treated. While I was totally shocked about the accusations stated by James Cannon, I was not surprised at all by Elaine's smart-alecked comments to Mike.

Real Lebo's modus operandi has been to not accept or debate opinions different from their own and a review of their postings and the comments that didn't get "snipped" serve as evidence of this.

Tom and I (and Mike before us) operate this blog knowing full well that there may be dissenting opinions to our posts. I believe this is why we have had the readership that we do -- because we believe that a proper debate on an issue includes bringing all sides into the discussion -- not just the ones we want to hear.

Thank you to everyone that has and will continue to visit Blog-Lebo. We appreciate your readership and hope that you'll stick with us for a long time. :)

January 22, 2010 12:22 AM  
Blogger Bill Matthews said...

Blog-Lebo is the gold standard!

January 22, 2010 9:03 AM  
Blogger Marjie said...

Open, honest and frank conversation where people can and do disagree which is what I've found to be the case here since finding Blog-Lebo over 5 years ago.

I have never thought the blog to be one sided. Obviously the original poster(s) will have an opinion but comments to the contrary have never been shutdown to my knowledge except where identity was not given or where the comments verged on the defamatory. I can recall quite a few point counter point exchanges on here.

The only disappointment I have had with any blogging effort (here or elsewhere) in Mt. Lebanon is quantity of participation. Surely there are many more neighbors who have access to the Internet but choose to not post on any local blog. I know we discussed years back the notion of there being a fear of retribution for speaking one's mind but come on folks! I just wish a larger portion of the community would join the conversation(s).

January 22, 2010 1:35 PM  
Anonymous John Ewing said...

The Public should know the PTA leadership has taken the position that the public does not need to know the tax implications of the high school project.

Secondly, they have proposed that Director Fraasch be censored for speaking out and informing the public of the horrific tax increase coming our way.

This illustrates a long pattern of PTA leadership sabotaging good people in our community including Director Fraasch and Superintendent Margery Sable.

January 25, 2010 10:50 AM  

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