well said even if it was a little puffed up, i wasnt looking for a rant, and if you look at the comments in the article you will see that YES someone did start to say they were pulling their kids out, yeah those people probably are not the best ones to run a daycare, and i have no doubt "you are watching"
But the truth is long after you choose to stay silent to "protect your safety" the conversation will continue!
It will just be carried on by people who not only are "taxpaying, law abiding citizen of the United states of America" but are also not afraid to stand up and put their name on it.
My mom works in a place in lisbon, a place that cares more about how many catalogs they make then the safety of their workers, its a god awful place, they put a survey and suggestion paper out , workers were told to sign their names, only 5 people put something down, two weeks later the same box appeared saying that they could keep their identities secret, the box had to be emptied twice in the same day,
truth be told if people want to remain cowardly then thats fine, if you believe in what your writing sign your name and quit bellyaching about some childhood nightmare made up about hordes of people hunting you down and lynching you
get over it, if not goodbye!
probably the reason you couldnt find our organization is because we are privately held, i dont even think we have a website, i know we have a facebook lol
As for credentials that is just letting you know who i am so people dont think i am trying to mislead them, nothing more nothing less inferred,
I think that SJ showing your name and city is not a bad thing, it means accountability, i doubt everyone is going to break out the chains and clubs and go beat you up if you say something you strongly believe in, As for confidentiality nothing is confidential i work IT and if i wanted to i could find anyones house just by finding their IP and tracing it to the NOC and then to the modem, heck if you know what your doing an "unverified" poster could be tracked right to their pc in their house, they arent asking much, just for people to be accountable to the beliefs they have without hiding behind the wall of unknown
I do see the point where people dont like this new system, i even seem to understand why, but alas it does not matter what they want, SJ has made the decision and you will either verify or hit the road
Sorry i was so quiet, SJ doesnt notify us with replys to a topic (might be a good idea in the future) and we are preparing for a ride along with public works for the storm coming along!
Link to our facebook, its not always updated and we by no means claim to know all that goes on!
to think shawn may be insane he is a lot closer to the truth then most would give him credit for, while i work for the media and we "share" with everyone, we area smaller presence in maine and dont always get taken seriously, plus the fact we deal with "spot" news storys mostly, check this out anyone hear about the accident on 95 northbound the other day with the 18 wheeler, did the SJ tell you that he was SLEEPING, i think it was something like " PHOTOS: Sleeping driver careens big rig off Turnpike" to be more accurate. what the photos didnt tell you was the DRIVER WAS NOT asleep, he told the state trooper he had been feeling sick lately, but he never went to sleep, i know because we were onscene 10 minutes after the crash and spoke with troopers onscene. SJ did go out ot the site much later in the day AFTER we told them it had happened, i got nothing against sharing info with the other outlets, but to say we cover up things is a bit brash shawn.
It is true that the media can be censored because corporate interests usually watch the lower guy, because we are a private company and financed by other then choking ads we tend to give you "both sides" more often.
Bravo to the sj for the incredible way they cover this region, its too bad more people dont open their eyes as you say, they walk around in a daze wondering what to think until WE feed them what to think, they could think for themselves, that is allowed right, it would require a new line of thinking though, and i think that somewhere along the way everyone just got too lazy.
From the mouth of a photojournalist (NOT SJ employed) who has been in the field for years, i see way to many accident, fire scenes where people who cant even get out and find a job run around in their PJS clogging up the scene for the authorities with THEIR opinion on the fact, heck some of them carry around a scanner in the car that cost more then a weeks worth of groceries (Can you buy scanners with food stamps, maybe...) and the truth is they KNOW NOTHING about the scene, they just clog it up when others are trying to get work done. How about the time when there was a huge fire on holland st, i waso n that scene and several people kept asking me if Sal Army was on scene with the canteen, i started wondering and although it cannot be verified it turns out that most likely some of these people had NOTHING to do with the fire they just came out to get a free meal, nice waste of the taxpayers money.
What i am getting at is as a paid "annoyance" as the fire and police often call us we are paid people to go to these scenes and get the info, we dont form opinions talking out our piehole, we form facts based on actual events, and for the most part (we journalists) this is a broad statement we try to print the facts, i dont photograph a mom holding her baby out the window then crop it so you cant see the firefighter below and say "look mom is hanging her baby out the window!" We report on the truth. The online commenting section is for people who niether have the authority nor the intelligence to get these things right.
Case in point # 1
When the woman that owned levers daycare was implicated with bad goings on and the drive by at her home did the SJ report she owned Levers, no they did not, but then all the loudmouths came in here and voiced it for us all to read, then people started pulling their kids out of the daycare because "suddenly" this was a bad place. The online commenting system reminds me of my father, he told me today "We are getting a foot of snow wedensday" and i asked him where he heard and he replys the radio, local forecasters in maine know about as much about maine weather as lepage knows about policy in maine (btw im not a republican or a dem, but lepages welfare "fix" intrigues me in a good way) the truth is they dont know, so people go around with their wipers up at night on their car and they huddle around their tvs with mindless eyes waiting for some smuck to TELL THEM what they need to believe (they could also look at the maps online and do the math themselves, but this would require timeaway from facebook and a lot of intellignece expended)
So yeah i get mad when people cowardly run and hide behind these systems, if you have something to say about that car wreck, fire, or political article be a man (or a woman) and stand up for what you believe in, this is AMERICA, and quit playing with the sissy guns, your only going to get it taken away from you by someone who knows how to use it on you, seriously folks i been reading trons posts for a long time now, do i agree with him, not often, but he is honest and would probably say EXACTLY what he said here to your face in public.
I leave it with this, if you want to run and hide behind a system that protects you your not ready to be a citizen and stand up for your beliefs, you just want to hid and be a nuisance, you dont belong here. People who want to fight should do so diplomatically but maybe that wont happen either.
All i have to say is im looking forward to the intelligent (i pray) conversations that will come after tommorrow, and even if they get heated maybe just maybe they will try to stay more on the topic (i went off on a rant)
My name is Jason Harris and i work for NCR Media out of Washington DC, i look forward to the conversation that we all know we can have!
For February 1st 2011 when this meaningless preschool dribble will be gone, lol
START CHARGING 5.00 to park in the front of the church lot on sunday, people hate to walk in their prissy sunday clothes, they would pay for it!
That the people of this city are cheap and in it for themselves, but we need to take in to account that structure is like a beacon for this town, it can be seen from the turnpike on a clear night, it is a wonder to behold in any weather, it is one of the most beautiful structures i have ever seen in my life, now i know we cant pay for it with food stamps lol, but people who work in this town should be able to drop even 5 bucks a month, i went to a midnite mass as part of the media this past year and i saw 100s of people there, if everyone in that church put even ONE DOLLAR in for it, well you get the idea
Anyways here is a link to the beauty we would be losing
lets think it over everyone!