We had a swarm on the blog Friday evening as several site visitors jumped on the remarks section with some pointed comments about some officials and other corporations involved with the proposal. We ask net surfers notice our purpose, which is simply to serve as an advocate for a parcel of open land. Adhering to some basic blogging etiquette is also something we’re asking for. It should be kept clean and focused. While a little humor is fine, don’t go too far.
If you don’t agree that the open space should be preserved that’s fine too for your comments are welcome in the blosophere. But for purposes of constructive deliberation, we don’t want to see an argument evolve into which organization (the Elkton Alliance or the Elk Landing Foundation) is best for the town. We also don’t want to see it evolve into attacks on individuals, which isn’t to say we (or you) can’t comment on statements and actions, but please refrain from attacks. If one of the corporations is involved, focus on its policies through reasoned arguments. We don’t see attacks as constructive since, as far as we know, it’s not central to the argument about whether public land should be protected. This applies to either side making a case.
Should one of the organizations push for the sale of the land as its institutional policy that’s another story entirely for we will want to put a little sunshine on that information by putting it before the public. We, for example, have a question about Elk Landing’s approval of this deal. We’ve heard the commissioners say strikingly different things on that aspect, and we also hear rumors. Our question concerns the approval at the Foundation, or whatever it did with the proposal. As a rule historical groups are the most protective of cultural resources such as land and buildings. While we’ve said little on the Foundation aspect of this most confused and tangled deal, the decision the organizaton made is something we’re working on. Once we get some facts, we will post that.
We’re working on it. And we’ll bring some more sunshine to the facts, wherever we can find them.
One final note, everything we post will have our name on it. Posters should consider using their real names. It strengthens an argument and creates more validity for your point.