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Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Welcome to My Blog

Ahem. Is this thing on?

Welcome to my blog. (Dad, that's short for "web log.") Some who are deeper into the taxonomy of web logs might call it a "notebook" instead of a blog, given my intended approach. In any case, you'll see that LocalCommentary.com is for locals to comment on . . . whatever, not just local issues. A lot of the commentary will be mine, especially here in my blog. But if you have something relevant to contribute, send it, and I'll consider posting it. If it's informational, there's already a place for it. If it's commentary, I'll put it in the guest blog, which I haven't created yet. Please note that in my little world, good writing counts.

Here at my blog, more than in the rest of the site, my personal views have the floor. You're welcome to comment, though. I could set this blog up so that your comments would appear instantly, unscreened. We have the technology. But to quote the Saturday Night Live version of President Bush the First, "Not gonna do it. Wouldn't be prudent at this juncture." In case you haven't seen enough of the Internet to know why that is, the quick answer is that many comments in such settings tend to be obscene, stupid, irrelevant, or commercial (as in advertising for discount pharmaceuticals, mortgage refinancing, or assorted, ahem, human services which are not widely regarded as decent). So I'll be moderating and filtering the content. It's a little more work for me, and you have to wait a little longer to see your words in print, but quality is worth it.

You don't have to agree with me. Your issues don't have to intersect with mine, as long as they might interest our readers. Disagree with me all you want, but be civil about it, and I'll post your comments as soon as life beyond the blog allows. Send me a flame, or something indecent enough that my wife or daughter would blush, and it will never be posted. You see, my freedom of the press includes the right not to publish what I don't want to publish. If you want to be a dork, get your own blog. But be a little careful if you're tempted to publish my musings at your blog. Before you do that, read that little copyright notice at the bottom of the page, so you can do it legally.

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