And Common Sense
to write letters to the editor when I was around 14 years old. I would
be motivated to agree, disagree, or pose a question when I would read an
article, or opinion on a topic about which I was concerned, or had some
personal experience to add to the story.
the advent of the internet, people can post their opinions, anecdotes,
and, (occasionally), wisdom in the comment section, at the end of
stories and articles.
this feature. I take to it like a fish to water. I am a regular
commenter on Scientific American, the Christian Science Monitor, the New
York Times, the Washington Post, Wired Magazine, and our own local
Redding Record Searchlight site, Redding.com.
a certain satisfaction that I get when I can respond, in writing, my
feelings and/or suggestions concerning a topic that I just read.
This feeling is amplified when I can respond immediately and join in a discussion with others who are interested in the subject too.
Many of the people exhibit intelligence and common sense and some knowledge of the subject in their responses.
There are some whose responses are simply parroting something they heard on Rush Limbaugh, or Fox news, earlier that day.
This becomes obvious when the same set of words shows up from several different people.
a talking point that resonates with the way they feel and simply repeat
it on the comments section. It doesn’t really matter if it has anything
to do with the subject at hand they just feel the need to repeat what
This makes them feel good, too. I think the comment section is just grand.
I took these pictures that you see here today down by the rodeo grounds. The colors were just so vibrant I couldn’t resist.
Fall is in the air and the mountains are getting snow and life is good here in Redding.
Today’s relatively appropriate song;