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Looking for your input

Saturday, January 12, 2013

I'm always open to constructive input from our readers, so my request to hear from the readers is not something new. However, I have a bit of a targeted request.

I'm considering the idea of hosting "Coffee with the Editor" sessions at a designated location in the community to allow for a little greater interaction and face-to-face time with the community.

The idea is still in its infancy, although it is something I have been thinking about for quite a while.

I haven't decided if I want to do it once a week, once every other week or maybe just once a month to start.

The sessions would be an opportunity - complete with free coffee -- where I would sit and visit with anyone who would like to attend. We would talk about stories in the paper, things going on in the community, and ideas for future stories. There are plenty of things the public hears about in its social circles that sometimes slips by the traditional news-gathering means.

As I see it, "Coffee with the Editor" would last about an hour, depending on interest. I would hope to include a guest. Perhaps someone from the city or county, maybe someone we've written about, perhaps someone associated with a specific issue. It would change from week to week.

Anyway, that's my idea. But I want to hear from you. Who would you like me to invite as a guest? What topics would you like to cover?

Provide me with your input so I can structure the coffee sessions in a fashion to be best received.

I'll be listening to your ideas and concerns All I ask is you come with a civil tongue and be willing to have a dialogue. Or you can just sit back and listen if you'd rather.

Right now I'm targeting Tuesday mornings for the coffee sessions, probably between 7-8 a.m. so we can get everyone off to work and school. Possible location is the Dream Center dining room. Like I said, it's all in the planning stages.

So I ask you, please provide some input, so when we move forward - targeting February - we'll have some good ideas to lead with.


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Not a bad idea!

-- Posted by Cookster on Mon, Jan 14, 2013, at 9:46 AM

Interesting idea. I'd like to see varying times/days to try to work for more people, but I also understand that a set time and day may be easier for some to schedule.

-- Posted by a-thought-or-two on Tue, Jan 15, 2013, at 2:48 PM

In my opinion, allowing individuals to provide input by 'Hosting Coffee with the Editor,' will not make a difference unless Randy is able to look beyond his own 'own individual concerns and is able to look at the broader concerns of all humanity.'

"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." Martin Luther King

-- Posted by Judith Olson on Mon, Jan 21, 2013, at 9:59 AM

Well said Judith. I think he is trying way too hard to push his views on the community.

-- Posted by EmilyB on Tue, Jan 22, 2013, at 7:41 AM

"We would talk about stories in the paper, things going on in the community, and ideas for future stories."

"So I ask please provide some input, so when we move forward,...we'll have some good ideas to start with."

Those are direct quotes from this column. Where o where is Randy pushing his views on OUR community.

He is asking for community input. Something someone would assume YOU people would be in support of. Talk about someone looking beyond his "individualistic concerns" Judith Olson. You didn't even read this column. You saw another opportunity to step on Randy and you know it.

Instead of recycling a Dr. King quote, try living it. You can't broaden the concern of all humanity when even one human is being held down.

Love, the kind of love that Dr. King LIVED, is holding someone's hand even when you can't stand them.

-- Posted by old timing man on Tue, Jan 22, 2013, at 9:08 AM

old timing man: Please take some time and go back through the writings in 'One Man's Perspective' and you will read opinions that are very discriminatory to groups of individuals (individuals on food stamps -SNAP cards, etc.). As a resident of this community for 50 years, I have the right to express my opinions. They are not an attack on Randy as a person, but I am speaking of his stated opinions. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us to look at the broader concerns of humanity, not to belittle individuals who are having hardships, etc. in their lives. My comments are not to step on someone, but to express that we do need to look at the broader concerns of humanity. I am not speaking of my own 'individualistic concerns,' I am speaking of the 'broader concerns of humanity.' Read again and try to understand this quotation: "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." Martin Luther King

-- Posted by Judith Olson on Tue, Jan 22, 2013, at 1:07 PM

What is up with the words in caps? Our, You, Lived? Yes this is OUR community. It doesn't just belong to YOU people. See how those capped words can come across as arrogant? He asked & is being answered which is what would also happen in a public forum if any of US had the patience to attend one. Calm down old timing man...life is too short.

-- Posted by EmilyB on Tue, Jan 22, 2013, at 2:11 PM

Maybe I'm not seeing it, if I'm not feel free to correct me, but where in any of the written piece is Randy looking to "push his views on the community"? It looks like the guy wants to sit down and actually talk and discuss issues in and around the community. I think its a great idea. Its really easy for people to sit and breathe the "rarified" air up there on the soapbox....hidden by the comfy confines of their computer screen. I would be curious on how many people would actually voice the same opinion in the same tone if they actually had to do it face to face with someone and couldn't hide behind their computer?

@Judith Olson- I have no clue where you're coming from. Quoting MLK doesn't do anything but show that you know how to use Google. 'Grats on that by the way. To use the idea from your borrowed quote....wouldn't what Randy is proposing actually be "rising above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."? If he was concerned with individualistic selfishness, he would post his piece, not allow for any feedback and that would be the end of it. But that exactly what he's NOT doing...(see what I did there EmilyB...I like caps also...I'll get to you in a minute) By trying to create a forum to sit and discuss issues he's attempting to involve all of us. I don't understand your perspective, but I would love to. I'd enjoy to hear it over coffee...with Randy as a matter of fact.

@EmilyB- It looks like old timing man uses caps for emotion and inflection. I wish I didn't hace to explain this because its a relatively easy concept to figure out on one's own, but that's neither here nor there I guess. Here goes....the written or typed word is many things. It can be inspiring, scary, offensive...the list can go on. The one thing that it always will be is unbiased at its truest form. Because of this, people need to find ways to give what they want to type out the same feeling it has while they think it, henceforth, the caps become relevant. It looks like he capped LIVED because that's what he wanted to emphasize. He could have went to the extent of something like this "MLK not only said these words to the people, but he felt these words as a intergral part of himself. These words were a part of him just as his hands or feet were a part of him. Its a feeling so strong that it comes out in every breath you take and every motion you make."......OR, he could of just put it how he did....the man LIVED it. End of story. You might think caps are arrogant, but tha tmakes me wonder if you know what the definition of arogant is? If anything it makes him someone that has feeling behind his words. It shows that there might be a little fire there. In the end you're picking on someone for thier use of capitalization as if to infer that It MiGhT hAvE aNyThInG tO Do wItH The POINT AT HAND....its all expression. Maybe you should be the one to calm down and examine how long or short life is.

@Randy- I think the whole thing sounds like a solid idea. I would love to attend something like this.

-- Posted by lastsonofoa on Thu, Jan 24, 2013, at 2:54 PM

lastsonofoa: If you are going to state the following, why aren't you willing to place your real name in your post: " It's really easy for people to sit and breathe the "rarified" air up there on the soapbox....hidden by the comfy confines of their computer screen. I would be curious on how many people would actually voice the same opinion in the same tone if they actually had to do it face to face with someone and couldn't hide behind their computer?" My name is included in my opinions; are you willing to sign your name?

If you want to know where I am coming from, please go to to Randy's opinions and my comments on these two articles: 'Trouble with the system,' and 'One more go at assistance fraud.'

-- Posted by Judith Olson on Thu, Jan 24, 2013, at 3:43 PM

I have no problems giving my real name. (Matthew Wigen) I read "Trouble With the System". The problem I have isn't with his reporting, accuracy/innacuracy....that issue doesn't concern me. My problem is that your post on this piece doesn't really say anything but, "it won't work". Then you substantiated it by using a quote. If you have as much opposition to Randy as you think you do, then take part in the "Coffee with the Editor" activity. What better way to prove your point than to succeed on another's terms. But so far...you won't. You're content to sit and say "it won't work". How do you know? I'm willing to try. People have conflicting views every single day, and on some days a point of view might even change. So far you're only response to me is why I didn't sign my name....I just did. Show up, give him your input and opinions. if he doesn't listen...who cares, at least you had the stones to stand up and say something. My entire point is that sitting here typing means nothing. My words really don't mean anything, and neither do yours. To give them meaning, its what you do to back them up. I make strong statements on here. I acknowldge this and won't shy away from it. I plan on being at "Coffee With the Editor" if it comes to fruition. I might not agree with what Randy has to say sometimes, but at least he's giving a forum to address things for real, and not just in a virtual setting.

-- Posted by lastsonofoa on Thu, Jan 24, 2013, at 7:19 PM

lastsonofoa...you wasted your typing skills cause I just couldn't even get through your first paragraph. Well I could have...just didn't have the interest to do so. Thank you for the compliment of devoting an entire paragraph to me though. Have a great day!

-- Posted by EmilyB on Thu, Jan 24, 2013, at 8:17 PM

lastsonofoa: Your statement, "The problem I have isn't with his reporting, accuracy/innacuracy....that issue doesn't concern me" is interesting. If you aren't concerned with reporting, accuracy/inaccuracy, what would be your purpose in attending a "Coffee With the Editor?"

On another note, thank you for stating your real name.

-- Posted by Judith Olson on Thu, Jan 24, 2013, at 8:36 PM

EmilyB...Don't mention it. If the most noteworthy compliment you get in a given day is something like that...great...(insert sarcasm here)...I wrote it like that so I didn't have to use caps because those are arrogant.

Judith Olson: I can tell you what my purpose wouldn't be...calling someone out because of the skill they have in their job.My purpose would be to not only voice my thoughts but also hear what others in the community have to say. See, the point is that if Randy's reporting is as faulty as you claim, then there should be no trouble deciphering accuracy from innacuracy. In the case of inaccuracy, we should have a good old time letting him have it. That's pretty much what your endgame is right, putting it on front street so everyone sees what you see? It sure seems that way. If it wasn't, then I don't think you would have went to all of the trouble with your initial post and countless posts prior to it.

I will give yuo one thing. I do respect the decorum in which all of your posts have. It is a welcome change to read well thought out and respectful ideas even if they don't coincide with my own.

-- Posted by lastsonofoa on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 2:50 AM

lastsonofoa: First of all, you will notice that Randy has placed his column, 'Looking for your input' in his 'One Man's Perspective' column. Maybe I have not been clear, because you are blaming me for things I have not said, so let's get this straight: I am concerned about the opinions in 'One Man's Perspective.' If you read my comments thoroughly, they are only in response to the 'One Man's Perspective' column. You will notice that I am concerned about some of his discriminatory opinions. Not once have I ever commented on the editor's reporting in the rest of the newspaper.

-- Posted by Judith Olson on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 6:42 AM

Judith, why do you have a problem with his opinion pieces then? If they don't affect the rest of the paper you have no reason to be upset.

-- Posted by iowafan11 on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 10:31 AM


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