Craig Editorial Board
- Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
- Jennifer L. Grubbs, newspaper representative
- Bridget Manley, newspaper representative
- Allan Reishus, community representative
- Chris Runyan, community representative
- Ken Wergin, community representative
When the Daily Press started its online forum, the newspaper was hopeful it would allow the community an easy way to be involved.
The paper's reporters are keenly aware they cannot get to every story and perhaps more keenly aware they do not know everything.
This board would like to thank every community member that has taken the initiative to question a story, suggest ideas or challenge the Daily Press staff
Unfortunately, this board sees the forum sliding further and further into irrelevancy.
A cursory glance shows thoughtful comments are few, and reasoned discussion is rarer still.
We wonder what the community thinks about the forum at this point. It's hard to know when it is so thoroughly dominated by so few people.
From our perspective, as people who could post but choose to stay away, there doesn't seem to be much point in getting involved.
Without the same general (usually hysterical) point of view as the forum's regulars, a person is ridiculed. It's not that we don't appreciate a little insensitive humor, but there is a point when it's not funny anymore.
Most of the time, it's not that funny to begin with.
But that's not really the problem. A little jab here or a barb there never really hurt anyone, and we don't want to advocate that the Daily Press begin censoring any comment that could be offensive.
The problem is the forum has no productive use.
The most that can be said is it's a good representation of the Craig rumor mill: blatantly ill informed, paranoid beyond reason and harmful to any meaningful progress.
For example, one poster discusses hypothetical prices for a proposed recreation center as if they were real.
While it's true that few could afford a membership if it had a $500 sign-up fee and cost an extra $150 a month, we don't think that's remotely close to what a membership actually would cost.
These comments are more propaganda than discussion. They are more about exciting people with scary numbers than looking at facts.
It would be nice to see some facts and not just blind hyperbole.
It would be nice to see some other residents join the discussion. Maybe they can keep the comments on point, instead of mixing in whatever "clever" zinger they just came up with.
Maybe what the forum needs most is a little humility.
We all should work to keep each other in check. The newspaper should report on what questions people raise, and people should keep raising questions.
But just because you heard someone say something about someone or something, or you think you know the real truth, please don't smear mud on the forum and pretend that you are some omnipotent force in our community.
Being anonymous is not a free pass to spout whatever bile, attack or grudge you might have kept inside when people knew it was you talking.
This does not apply to everybody, and certainly nearly every person on the forum has had at least one good point.
But the forum can be more than what it is. It could actually do some good.