Town Square Forum and e-exchanges Around Town, posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community, on Apr 18, 2008 at 3:21 pm
It is time to thank The Danville Weekly once again for the Town Square Forum. The majority of communication neighbor-to-neighbor in our region is by neighborhood e-exchanges and a few among 1000's of e-messages are posted to this forum. As a result, more neighbors throughout our region are contributing their thoughts, ideas, concerns and comments for all readers' review in their own forum commentary.
As more readers find email@example.com as CDSI's community courtesy for neighborhoods e-exchange contact, more neighbors in each neighborhood are communicating on the issues of community, infrastructure, economic development, services and environment preservation. And now, neighborhoods from Concord to Pleasanton are engaged.
Posted by James, in Alamo, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Apr 19, 2008 at 8:40 am
Posted as received at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your handful of complainers, behind your disguises, are pretending to represent the majority in Alamo when you are no more than 30 or more crackpots with nothing better to do. Stop lying to the forum readers and lying about Alamo.
Our AIM committee and the community organizations that support AIM's incorporation efforts are our true community leaders and you need to respect that leadership.
Shut up, enough already,
James, in Alamo
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Posted by Kathy Bell, a resident of another community, on Apr 19, 2008 at 8:49 am
Posted in response by Iron Horse neighbors
The handful of residents that you reference are the <90 individuals that are active in Alamo community groups including AIM. There are no other handfuls within our regions' neighborhoods and there are no crackpots among our neighbors. Democracy is voiced in our region by e-exchanges among hundreds of neighbors considering local, regional, and global issues. Such e-exchanges question the issues created by the intentions of the handful in Alamo community groups and supports open discussions of all points of view via this Town Square Forum.
You should not expect >20,000 neighbors in our region to be silent.
Posted by Alamo Ron, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Apr 21, 2008 at 1:27 pm
Dear Neighbors and Friends,
I also would like to thank The Danville Weekly for providing this forum. It is a valuable vehicle for the interchange of ideas in our community.
I would also like to suggest to James in Alamo that little is served by your comments that have such an "edge" to them. I would urge you to comment on the issues, and make suggestions that are cogent and reasoned.
"Shut up, enough already" does not quite come up to those levels of discourse. Further, the folks probably won't "shut up" but will continue with even more vigor and zeal. Their energy output will increase, but as we both know they are few in number and represent only themselves.
Posted by Oxymo Ron, a resident of another community, on Apr 21, 2008 at 5:07 pm
Let's simply thank Alamo Ron for asking for a rational discussion of issues. Whether or not any faction in our region is a majority will be determined when and if an incorporation vote is held without further definition of the AIM incorporation proposal. Clearly, anyone can easily determine the individuals that are the <90 active participants in AIM and Alamo community groups. It is quite easy to see and know the <300 supporters of AIM that turn-out for various funding events. It is reasonably easy to create a listing of 917 known supporters of the AIM incorporation proposal.
The same clarity for any other group is difficult because we all enjoy our on-line privacy. But one public document offers 2,197 neighbors by name as validation, the AIM Petition. My register voter identity appears on that petition. Most neighborhood representatives' registered voter identities appear on that petition. In fact, 35% of the neighborhood e-exchange participants signed the petition in support of studies to see if incorporation is feasible prior to any application for incorporation.
Ah, and that is the oxymoron. We can't have studies unless we apply for an unspecified government unacceptable to the majority of neighbors.
Posted by Dennis Ensley, a resident of another community, on Apr 23, 2008 at 9:42 am
Posted by request of the author
Dear Iron Horse neighbors,
I respect the right of commentary by all citizens but I wonder why it is important to the many sides of Alamo to display their dirty laundry on-line. I have read incorporation websites, Danville Weekly Forums, Alamo Today, and various quotes in the SRV Times. There are many good ideas that would define Alamo as a locally-led community but there is no proposal that draws all sides together.
Community and communication are still missing from Alamo after all these years and appear to have grown with the turnover to a younger majority of residents. Doesn't anyone have a method to create consensus among residents and a meeting of minds on the future of Alamo?
Posted by Krak Potts, a resident of another community, on Apr 23, 2008 at 3:01 pm
Posted with a smile for the author
Hey neighbors, Krak Potts here!
It is time that we owned up the reality that our foolishness in Alamo during our rein of humor, 1997 to 2005, was purposely done in the manner of a crackpot. Foolish ramblings with very carefully-placed undercurrent of fact and commentary allowed laughter and reality to be presented in the most enjoyable way.
Over the years, I have been many characters and I am now ready to be Krak Potts, the most foolish of town fools, that will ask the questions no one dare ask and provide answers everyone wants to know.