May 03, 2005

Hometown Controversy

from - Buck

When you live in a county that has a total population of 20,000 you can get very wet when you rock the boat. Up until recently I regularly posted on our local newspaper’s Vent page using the moniker Bigblue. Well, a couple of weeks ago I posted the link to the web page of a company that is hosting an “Alternative Wednesday night” at our one and only nightclub here in town. That post helped to ignite a controversy in our community the likes of which I have not seen around here in quite some time.

The DJ that hosts the Wednesday night get together has even tried to calm things down a bit

Thankfully the owners of the nightclub have emailed me and assured me that they did not hold me personally responsible for the nightmare they are experiencing here. It is ironic that they say they moved here a few years ago in order to raise their children in the warm, nurturing environment of Smalltown, USA.

Small towns are a knife that cuts both ways. I would have never dreamed that what has happened here could have happened.

There have been calls for the newspaper to shut down The Vent. Judging by the newspaper’s editorial today I have a sneaking suspicion that they will do just that in the not so distant future.

I would hate it if that happened. The Vent has allowed people in our community who would have never had the courage to say what they think the opportunity to speak their minds. In small towns there are valid reasons for remaining anonymous.

What is happened to the Marsteller’s is just one of those reasons.

Meanwhile, the saga continues....

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Posted by Buck at May 3, 2005 10:13 PM
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My goodness... I think that if people realized how ugly their small-mindedness was, they would change their way of thinking and behaving.

univar.jpg Posted by smijer on May 4, 2005 09:35 AM
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Arrrrgh.

Don't these people realize that there are much more substantial problems and issues on which to focus?

I will "pray hard" that I never have to meet the troublemakers in person. Should I actually meet them or someone like them, I will further pray for the inner quietude so that I may treat them with respect and harbor no animosity -- in other words, to *not* treat them as they have treated their neighbors.

univar.jpg Posted by brainwise on May 4, 2005 10:49 AM
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One is reminded of a line by H.L. Mencken to the effect (quoting from memory, sorry) that a Puritan is someone possessed by the haunting fear that someone, somewhere might be having fun.

univar.jpg Posted by Len Cleavelin on May 4, 2005 05:24 PM
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Wow. Despite my general loathing of goth as a fashion/lifestyle statement, I find that my specific loathing of people mucking about in other people's family and personal affairs *really* disturbing.

In addition, the fact that this hoopla could lead to the local paper shutting down a community forum is bothersome as well. By the way, a couple of those links don't seem to work too well for me at the moment, they just lead to empty pages. Not connection errors or 404s, just empty pages.

univar.jpg Posted by mat c on May 6, 2005 10:43 AM
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I am one of those folks who post to the Vent. I am also one of those unlucky enough to work in this town, though luckily enough, I moved to another town 4 years ago. My wife owns a business in this town and she has been targeted quite often by those "good Christian folks" who like nothing better than to cram their ridiculous beliefs down your throat. They always seem to have answers even when there are no questions asked. It's really painful to witness and even more painful to endure at times. And unfortunately, smijer, as Buck can tell you, most of these people are so narcissistic that they actually think they're doing the right thing.

univar.jpg Posted by Mongo on May 13, 2005 03:27 PM
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