Coleman Independent’s primary goal is to comment on what is happening (or not happening) at city council and economic development corporations where approximately twelve and a half million of our tax dollars are on the table each year. How this money is spent has the greatest impact on our lifestyle as citizens of Coleman. Coleman Independent will also provide access to sources of information for those who care to be informed as to applicable law. There is also a category for Commentary for strictly opinion pieces.
Coleman Independent is not meeting “coverage.” If anyone wants to know the blow by blow coverage of each agenda item at public meetings, they will need to attend the meetings or rely on the coverage presented in the Coleman Chronicle and Coleman News or listen to the City Manager’s interpretation on the radio. The EDCs have web sites, but so far there is nothing much there in the way of their projects and activities.
I personally feel we should all “man up” and realize that just talking a good story about how wonderful we all are or simply saying nothing isn’t working. I totally agree with the study done at the University of Kansas that is posted under Towns That Grow vs. Towns That Do Not Grow.
Anyone who wishes to contribute to the dialog can provide fact-based articles or commentary (either original or public domain) for posting under their name. Proper attribution will be required if not original. If you would like to be a Contributor, email CI at firstname.lastname@example.org. Articles need not be what the contributor thinks I want to hear, but rather information that will provide cogent reflection on an issue that is somehow related to what can be done to improve Coleman’s present and Coleman’s future or their own op-ed opinion. Op-ed pieces are simply comments that have been fleshed out into a longer article.
Comments and op-ed may or may not be approved. Comments should either provide a fact-based correction to something that has been said or an expression of agreement or disagreement with something that has been said. Op-ed pieces should be commentary on something that is happening (or not happening) in town from your personal viewpoint.
Anonymous comments will not be accepted. However, you can create a user name if you prefer to remain incognito. The difference is that if you simply post without using any name (either your own or a created user name) there is no way to differentiate between comments by anonymous users. We want to be able to identify comments made at least by a created user name. We don’t have to know who is behind the user name.
If these housekeeping rules are too constrictive for you, then you should think about starting your own blog.
Jo Ann Eddleman