What we have here is failure to communicate or, more precisely, unwillingness to communicate. Communication is a two-way street, as is debate. Both, if done properly, require listening as well as expressing one’s own opinions. In this forum and in this town, the power elite are quite used to simply voicing their own opinions without having to take into consideration any contrary views that might put a kink in their own plans. It’s so much easier when “we all get along,” when that means that we all “agree” all the time and no one pipes up and says, “What you are doing is not compatible with other people’s needs or goals.”
In this forum we have a group of frequent posters who have opinions that deserve to be heard, but at the same time, they need to leave some space for others to voice facts and opinions that run contrary to their own. They hide behind monikers so they can pretend no one knows for certain whom they are, and yet it’s all just pretense. Their posts make it apparent that not only do they have personal opinions about the other posters here, but they are quite prepared to use every slur and trick of domination they can muster to try to quiet the voices of those who disagree with them. Their attacks are not limited to people who post inconvenient facts within this forum, but they have also used this forum to launch vicious personal attacks against political opponents, and to pursue personal vendettas.
The most ugly of all is the poster here who has resorted to referring to another human being as “it.” So venomous is her ire against this person (for reasons not apparent to the rest of us), that she has made it her prerogative to determine other people’s rights to be human. Every person, including she, has the right to human dignity and to be able to voice his/her opinions in a public forum. However, unless this other poster’s crime against her is felonious, what right has she to so belittle another person? And why would others, including the editor of the Baldwin City Signal, join her and defend her right to so persecute this other person?
I do not have a clue who “Greyghost” is. I have an inkling about who “TheOnlyGreyghost” is. It doesn’t matter. I am not defending Greyghost because he/she is my “pal,” but because he/she has been referred to as “it.” And although he/she has made some mistakes here (as have we all), I fully understand how frustrating it must be when you attempt to express your thoughts and ideas in this forum only to have someone jump on your every word, not with the intention to debate you fairly, but with the intention to besmirch you and shout you down. I am certain that if Greyghost had not been referred to repeatedly as “it” by another poster who is getting away with her inhuman treatment of him/her, then Greyghost would not have posted whatever it was that was so offensive.
On other forums, hundreds more participants than post here are continually engaged in debate that is at times healthy and at times heinous. The editors of those forums redact the offensive posts and everyone moves on. What is disturbing to me in what is happening in this forum is that it seems that there are those whose idea of all of us getting along is to degrade and thus defuse anyone who expresses opinions and facts that run counter to the juggernaut that has had a choke hold on this town. When times were good, many of us went along with it, often because it seemed futile to rail against the machine. But the stakes are now our livelihoods. People are seriously and legitimately concerned about going into debt, losing their homes, losing their livelihoods. Hear us. For we will be heard, whether or not you continue your pernicious personal attacks against us.