What Is Happening To Civil Debates On Patch?

Some Blog posting have gone well beyond disagreement about facts and degenerated into electronic screaming matches.

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Differing opinions, opposing points of view, challenges to prove or disprove allegations, requests for facts to back up statements can all be part of civil debates without becoming vulgar, abusive and threatening. Some of the individuals posting seem to think they are participating in football riots with soccer hooligans in Europe! Several people have told me that they no longer read the blog section of Patch because of the nasty comments being posted.

I have seen some blogs where contributors have strongly stated and defended their positions on issues without resorting to abusive language. I can't say I was thrilled when a blogger suggested I either belong in a senior citizen home or was to dumb to find one and had accomplished nothing on the Township Committee. However, that did not degenerate into out and out name calling and aggression.

 We all need to calm down and stop putting Jason in the position of being a referee or censor. Freedom of speech does not mean that everyone can scream "Fire!" in a crowded theater.  

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Jerry Gordon June 10, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Jason- I'm the one who's always attacked here and you mostly tolerate it because you let these posts stand for hours. where's the civility?
Jack Mahoffer June 10, 2012 at 12:36 AM
" will make an example of someone " ?????? Hey Tommy - get a life pal. It's obvious you are a painfully empty human being - find a different outlet. Try online chess or maybe community service. Your an empty voice. Nobody cares. I suspect thats what you have felt your entire life. Just a guess. WAAAAAA !!!! grown man crying about getting a little taste of what he dishes out DAILY ( ALL DAY LONG ). Job ? Hey Jason - we ( your clientelle ) are tired of this LONELY CLOWN .
Jack Mahoffer June 10, 2012 at 12:50 AM
who are you ??? The Tony Soprano of the mean streets of Long Valley ???? Joke
Llama Tostito June 10, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Yay! More people standing up to Tom's threats. He is going to bring the Llama Tostito to court and when he does, he will look across the court room and see a South Amerian beast of burden with a bag of corn chips on his back, no one silences the freaking Llama... I am the twelfth son of the Lama. I have the flowing robes, the grace, I'm bald... striking if I may say so. Gunga galunga... gunga, gunga-lagunga.
Jason Koestenblatt June 10, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Well, we tried civility, right? It was worth a shot. Comments are now closed.


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