The People have spoken on 2A, or have they?
As I watched the volley that took place in Salida I was interested in how people would use The Citizen, and where advocates of each "approach" would expound on the virtues of their proposals in our fine city's various media outlets. On The Citizen Bill Smith wrote an interesting Op Ed, as did Eileen Rogers in "Clearing The Air on Miss-Information..." Additionally, Jeff Auxier contributed his ideas in his financial analysis piece, as well as his follow up to Eileen's Op-Ed. There were other comments on The Salida Citizen, and more on its Facebook page. I appreciate this use of The Salida Citizen. This kind of dialogue is the raison d'être for The Citizen.
Hopefully, by now you understand that we created The Citizen as a way for people to voice their ideas—without being edited. Most importantly, it is a place for civil discussion, where incorrect information can be corrected immediately. So, do you think The Citizen served its purpose on 2A? Did you use it to understand the issues? Conversely, when you saw information that you felt was wrong, did you present contrary information?
Someone suggested today that Merle at AVP/The Mountain Mail holds a lot of sway when he states his positions, or argues for a rationale for how to think about a given issue. Do you agree? Or was there a paid media blitz that swayed people's votes? In short, what do you think of the outcome considering there was a venue where all information could be presented and distributed for free?
Was your vote impacted by what you read in the media? With only 107 votes separating the outcome, and 2000 people on The Citizen's Facebook page alone, in addition to the site's visitors, we want to better understand how you are and are not using The Citizen.
Please consider, The Citizen is not a newspaper. It is a venue for discussion and ideas. It is your free tool for sharing your ideas with the community. The recent move to allow anybody to post on their own, and auto-posting Citizen articles to Facebook has had a curious outcome (On The Citizen's Facebook page there are some 50 suggestions for what to name the new bridge, and virtually none on the Citizen web site's original posting).