Recommitting to the gym

Ken Gipe
Mar 23, 2010

It was a pretty uneventful last week. I got in three good workouts. One with Trevor and two while I was officiating at the state swim meet in Canton.

The hotel I stayed at had a nice fitness room with a treadmill, elliptical machine and recumbent bike, as well as a weight machine, fitness ball and dumbbells. To top it off, there was an indoor pool and hot tub adjacent to the fitness room. I used this facility twice and thoroughly enjoyed it, especially being able to go in the hot tub and pool to relax after the 45-to-60 minute workout.

Eating was not too bad. I had a shake and fruit every morning, a high-protein lunch and normal, balanced dinner each day between sessions of swimming and diving. I tried to have some popcorn at the hotel, but it burned in the microwave, so I guess I wasn’t supposed to have it.

I have lost 37 pounds and 15.5 inches since Jan. 1. Now that swimming is over, I hope to be able to increase my workout frequency and intensity and have a really good month of March. I have only averaged about two workouts a week for the past two months. I have done well, but am looking forward to some really great progress since I will have more time to work out and prepare my food in advance. Also, I hope the weather will break and I can get out and do some bicycling.

Comments

lilsmomma

Way to go Ken!! Keep up the good work!

Anonymous

Do yourself a favor. Stop drinking so much mountain dew and you will fall asleep. Also, instead of trying to sound like a full grown adult when you type up your great idea's for your blog. Be yourself. It shows through that you are trying to be someone else or make yourself look better than who you are. Also, the way you thought about all those people is called being reactionary. You saw something and you reacted. You remembered something, you smiled and reacted. The bottom line is that you are filled with way too much caffeinated and regular energy that you can't slow down. If I said what I wanted to say next. Your mom would B**tch to the editors and censors of this paper. So I will refrain. If I ever come across you one of these days. I will say what I have to say until then. We all will keep you guessing. Just keep on trying to write. Even it stinks. Always be yourself. Which again I will repeat myself you have not done yet.

James

This was an interesting, creative column. I liked how it wasn't as serious as some of her others.

CM

the mind is womderful, isn't it..wait until you get older and you try to remember something, and you can't..
i enjoy your stories. ignore the ignorant comments, maybe they are old and their mind is just not working that well anymore...it happens..

Anonymous

What is a thought?

It is the result of an elecro-chemical reaction in the brain.

Does one 'hear' one's own thoughts?

No. What one perceives as a 'voice' in one's head is an illusion.

Anonymous

If the 'voice' that one 'hears' in one's head is illusionary, then 'who' is doing the 'hearing' and 'who' is doing the 'speaking?'

joy

you are correct except for one thing, in my opinion.

the people who write the worst things are also cowards and hide behind their anonymous screen identity. one was stalking my comments so i had to change the name because the person didn't like something i said. it is very scary to think that these comments might be written by someone who presents a nice public image.

the register needs to take more responsibility about monitoring the posts and you should try harder to get them to do so.

Anonymous

Sue, do you have a problem with people like me legitimately complaining about how this so called greatest generation is vacuuming cash out of my wallet to support their unplanned for lifestyles and that levy that supports our salary? Thats anger and inappropriate criticism? Social security and the SOS levy won't be around for me and I am planing my life accordingly. I am tired of the presumption and moral arrogance of people like you on behalf of this predator class that has ruined our nation and created a suffocating tax burden. Oh wait, I am being a bully or something, oh a brutal comment. Please. Why do I care that your customers cant supposedly heat their homes, they should have planned better or they should move to a place they can afford. America the whiners, being goven a forum on this website. Let's see how fast this post gets deleted as I speak a truth many SR readers accept.

Anonymous

and like the previous poster, I IMPLORE the Register to DO SOMETHING about the rampant abuse that is occuring on these comment sections. The SR is doing a great disservice to our community by allowing this to go on unchecked. I have no problem with people sharing their differing opinions or offering constructive criticism, but nastiness, filth, obscenities or hatred seem to be taking over almost every posting, no matter what the topic. Please, fix this and clean up this mess.

My Opinion

If you do not like what people say tough rockos. You only want someone like yourself to write things you like and agrees with your opinions? That is a two way street. I might not agree with your opinions but I do agree you have the right to that opinion. I have been cussed at, threatened, called names, etc. etc. It does not bother me. Why do you want the Sr to delete opinions diggerent form yours?

My Opinion

read different!

Sue Daugherty

To Harvey, I appreciate your perspective and would like to share the other things that go into life and growing older that could not be planned for... Those who are in their late 70's & 80 + years of age today, had parents who (for the most part) died at or before the age of 65. Back then, the general public never could have anticipated the medical advances that have taken place and the sky rocketing costs that accompany these advances. A similar phenomenon would be... Just as our generation never anticipated the successful growth & development of China & India and the consequences this is having on young and middle-aged adults today.

When Medicare & Social Security was implemented, it was implemented with the factual knowledge that the majority of people died at age 65.

The money taken from your wallet to fund social security isn't caused by people who failed to plan. The greatest majority DID plan. Although I do admit that there are those who in later life have made some poor financial decsions, they are NOT the majority.

What most people fail to realize is those who were born in the 1920's believed they would be dead by the 1980's. And guess what... It isn't happening at the proportions that we are acustomed to. And this does bring with it social consequences that require advocacy/problem solving and local & responsible intervention.

Thank you for allowing me to share this perspective. I hope you feel as though it was done respectfully, as that was my intention.

Would anyone else care to lend any respectful insights to Harvey's position statement? -- Sue

Anonymous

Your blogs stink. I can't believe I just wasted 3 minutes of my life reading this garbage. That's 3 minutes that I will never get back. Thanks a lot Sue.

Anonymous

But you are kinda hot though.

joy

Since you're more in touch with the male side of your brain, have you ever thought about becoming a lesbian. I'll give you my number sweetheart!

Anonymous

When's your birthday? I want to start a countdown until you're legal. SO HOT!!!

joy

Hey Nick... if you're here, who's running hell?

Anonymous

Hi Sue,

You certainly brought out some great points. Those points have been made for years, since blogging began. No matter if it’s blogging or writing anonymous letters, when people are cloaked they can be anyone they want to be.

But, Sue, keep in mind, you are the owner of this blog we are contributors. Your words will cause reaction. When you say that you are more in touch with the male side of your brain, how do you think some of us should react to that? As a highly educated and experienced individual, I can assure this could be offensive to some people (not all, but some). I’m sure you realize that there is no such thing – evidentiary material concluding that there indeed is a male and female side of the brain. There may be theory, and much joking, but no empirical evidence.

What YOU say Sue, has much to do with our reactions to your post. That is true in verbal communication too.

What I read is that when women communicate they aren’t factual and would rather share their opinions and thoughts. {How many jokes have we heard about that? Hey, I’ve laughed at them too!} While you can find some research on that topic, you will find research to the contrary as well. Words aren’t just words. For many of us, words have meaning and they are powerful. Perhaps having someone (who is not a close colleague, friend or even editor read your blog prior to posting may help with this. You want to scrutinize before we do). It’s difficult for those of us who write often to analyze our own words like others can. I am already acutely aware of the subject matter of your blog, as most technically savvy people are. I am very pleased you posted this in the SR blog. I think it’s very appropriate that someone has decided to do this because I don’t know if people in this area have been blogging for years (on professional blogs) like others have been. Yet, your introduction put me off. I rarely post anything in the SR blog, but, because of what you are trying to do (a very positive thing), does not correlate to how you opened your blog. Every word matters.

This is not a feminist comment by any means Sue. (Fellow Bloggers…please note that too…I’m just trying to prove a point about owners of blogs taking some responsibility for our reactions – this is not a feminist comment in any way). Sue, I am merely making you aware that everything you place in a blog will undergo scrutiny, abysmal or positive comments. When you throw a line out like you did in your intro…you may not “catch” all positive comments. I would posit that people who believe women are only opinionated and not factual would be complementary. If you are in-tune with our current presidential race, I think you would agree that both genders are opinionated and only use facts when those facts support their efforts. Funny how politics never change…smile.

This information you brought forth to help people in this area with blogging etiquette is much needed. Thank-you for that. I am simply trying to help you see that the owner of the blog needs to take some responsibility of the reactions when they put pen to paper. Thank-you for your time.

Anonymous

Most people like the give the agenda of their opinion. If you speak truthfully with others it will cause problems. Try it. Try it in the workplace. Try it in the home. Try in the church. Get ready for reactions.

Sue Daugherty

TO: RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BLOG= EVERY WORD MATTERS. Your comments were EXCELLENT!! Thank you!! Now let me tell you why I think so...
1. I learned from you! When you contributed your comment - "When you say that you are more in touch with the male side of your brain, how do you think some of us should react to that? As a highly educated and experienced individual, I can assure this could be offensive to some people (not all, but some)." -- When you shared this, I learned from you. I now see that I need to write so I am sensative to ALL who might read and interpret this blog.
2. You didn't agree with me. That's a good thing!
3. Because you were willing to give criticism in a constructive -- and respectful -- manner, you challenged my thinking. (I suspect you challenged all the readers thinking.) I can now learn from that... and change how I blog in the future.

Compare what you said to what was said by RE SUES BLOG - " Your blogs stink. I can't believe I just wasted 3 minutes of my life reading this garbage. That's 3 minutes that I will never get back. Thanks a lot Sue. "

How can improvement be made with feed back like that? It was all anger and offered nothing substitive the I could use to improve the blog.

I've always beleived that people can and should say whatever they beleive needs to be said (One exception - HATE MESSAGEs should not be tolerated.) as long as it is communicated with courtesy & respect. You just proved that point.

I hope we see more of your type of blogging! Thanks again for your mindful critque. You caused me to broaden my perspective and elevate my thinking.

My significant other shared this truism with me once... "We tend to only do what we know. Only when we know better, can we do better."-- Sue

Anonymous

I'm not angry, I just think your blogs stink.

Gulliver

TO "Hey Stupid". Instead of tryng to impart your wisdom on Michelle, see if you can learn something from reading Sue Daugherty's lastest blog. It talks about why people post comments like yours.

Rick Studer

Interesting blog today, lot’s of good points. One point that needs to be made is that blogs are an exchange of ideas using words. I think one can make a mistake applying the rules of social etiquette to exchanges on the Internet.

We’re not really debating people but instead debating ideas. If one says “this blog stinks” don’t take it personal, perhaps that is the only idea that blogger is capable of generating. In the future that blogger may grow as a thinker and contribute something profound like “this blog really stinks badly”, it could happen. That is the beauty of blogging,

When someone is full of pomposity yet vacant of original thought, Mark Norman comes to mind, we are free to respond appropriately. In a public setting we would be relegated to rolling our eyes or mumbling under our breath. With a blog or comment section we are free to respond in the way we feel that is justified. I suggest instead of getting upset enjoy the freedom of speech we all are awash in. Happy blogging!

Anonymous

You are way to full of yourself. Are you the offspring of Westerhold?

Anonymous

Get over yourself Sue. Take care of the old people like you are supposed to do. You are not all that, hanging with Foam House clowns.

Anonymous

It's funny when the "intellect" group around here doesn't like someone's opinion they try to degrade someone intellectually. For example, Rick. How's this? Rick might actually make sense in the near future, but for now he is a pompous a$$.

Anonymous

That was about the only idea that popped into my head while reading your garbage Rick.

Anonymous

Thanks for the response Sue. This is how blogging should be conducted. We learn from each other share our ideas. You are right in your response to the person who provides that the blog “stinks” and other ignominious verbiage. Well, if it really does “stink”…then why even bother commenting? (Rhetorical question).

This proves your point that those type of responses make people feel powerful. Unfortunately for them, Sue, adding words and thoughts like that to these types of blogs is disempowering – they just don’t know it. There are plenty of blogs on the Web that actually encourage that type of behavior. But, typically the person who owns the blog wants the drama and it works out nicely for all of them. It can be fun (and enlightening) to ‘banter’ back and forth…intelligently and respectfully. The power of dishonorable words is just too great for people to handle. They must use them to feel self-worth. Albert Einstein once said, “The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.”

Anonymous

Blogging in the SR should be done away with. I have noticed that it is most of the pro Nuesse people that get so nasty and vulgar in those stories. If you are not Pro Nuesse you get told off here in these blogs. Another point I would like to bring up is when there are stories such as "Sweet Pea" or "Woman falls over board" or the one about the one motorcycle rider that got killed, people say some HORRIBLE things about the people that the stories pertain to and their families and friends. I know for certain that one of the stories there was a family member reading the blogs and had to see all of the bad things bloggers were saying about their loved ones. SR should be ashamed of themselves for letting this go on! No, they did not delete a single one of them. Let me type something about Westerhold or Nuesse that is not what they want to hear and my blog is GONE! Do away with these blogs. On second thought, might not have to because if the SR and Westerhold keep being so biased and heartless, there might not be a SR to worry about.

Anonymous

Sue, how did you get involved with this blogging thing and the SR? Need I ask??

Rick Studer

To “Re Sues Blog”

I offer this as proof of my point that you would grow as a thinker. First you were able to ascertain that I was speaking of you even though I didn’t use your name. Secondly, you offered up not one but two new thoughts. I suggest when an idea “pops” in to your head again to save them. You can use these ideas as a group in one of your next post.

I would also like to say I take offense to two things, first I recent being listed as part of any group, especially and “intellectual” group. And secondly, I don’t like being called a pompous a$$, I prefer to be known as an a$$ hole.

Are you by chance a bitter divorced woman or an effete young boy?

Anonymous

Your thoughts about.... My thoughts about dumb people - God made them.

Anonymous

I'm surprised that you get so many negative comments when you are clearly one of the better bloggers on the Register. Everyone knows who the worst is, even though the "powers that be" try to delete anything negative about her posts. I really have a problem with that esppecially since many of them are not the least bit offensive or personal attacks but are merely people's opinions about the blog. What is the point of having a comment section? If you don't want criticism, then call it the compliment section. Otherwise, leave the posts up.

Anonymous

this article is terrible and about nothing. Which is an everlinking chain to more nothing. You wrote a good article about a month ago so get to the point with an excitig introduction and grab the reader. Quit tip-toeing around with a diary of a boring day.

Anonymous

I find this blog offensive to brain dead people who don't have thinking process like that of which she writes about...i.e...like the people at the Register who print this girl's waste of ink! Go DELIVER the paper, take off the glasses & please take on a school paper if they have one. If not, start one!

Anonymous

The thing that gets me is some of these slams against others anonymously could be against your own friends &/or relatives. At least your blog is worth looking at & not something that looks like an 'energy drink swiggin' kid' who gets way too much air time.

Brian

Sue,
You do a great job. You comments are both educational and interesting. Keep up the good work. I have been following your advise and comments for years. You are the best.

Anonymous

Perhaps you are the Va-JJ Bitter divorced. Have no fear. You will not be placed in an intellectual group. Despite the attempt to impress with your falsely "intellectual" comments. We won't recent you, errr... resent you. Promise. And I will give you the A$$Hole with a capital H.

Anonymous

Actually us "angry bloggers" are planted here by Matt Westerhold to make the hit counter rise.

Anonymous

I CHECKED FOR THOSE $25.00 CEDAR POINT TICKETS YOU HAVE THE LINK FOR, 35 MINS AFTER YOU POSTED THE LINK, AND IMAGINE THAT ALL SOLD OUT IN 20 MINS. WHAT DID THE ASSWIPES DO HAVE 3 OR 4 AT THAT PRICE, OR DID YOU DROP THE BALL AGAIN NICKY.

Anonymous

Wow. People are so mean that it makes you wonder if they "thought" about what to say before typing it out and hitting the 'post comment' button.
We all get diarrhea of the mind sometimes... it's like a run-on thought. This is also known as a train of thought. People with ADD and ADHD have minds that often work that way, fluttering quickly from one thing to the next.
This article, although somewhat mundane, is still creative. I believe thoughts are things and almost everything we do requires using the thought process... so I wanted to thank C-Shell (my goofy nickname for her now) for using her mind to write and share with us.
Just my opinion but for all the meanies out there... mean thoughts pollute your mind which, in turn, makes it waste and a mind is a terrible thing to waste!

Anonymous

B-I-N-G-O

Anonymous

Hey baby.

Sue Meredith

Come on out to Cabana Jacks for the Distractions reunion this Friday from 9 to 1pm!!!!!!!!!!! Meet the Band!!!!!!!

Whatever

I enjoy reading your blogs. Keep up the good work.

Rick Studer

For “Resentnomore”

Si votre cerveau était aussi grand que votre âne vous serait un génie !

Anonymous

I don't think there are as many people posting degrading, mean and vulgar things as people think there are. I think a lot of these very nasty comments that appear to be made on ALL the blogs are coming from just two maybe three people. Also wanted to let you know, Sue, I think you do a fantastic job! I've been following your advice for a long time. Keep up the good work!

Anonymous

angry bloggers have no outlet for the frustrastions they feel in life, be it career, personal relationships or something unimaginable. no one can ever know what another is truly feeling. so hiding behind a false identity and lashing out at the world for things that they have the ability to change if they would just get involved with life, mainly their own! your heart is in the right place you do what you do because you love to do it!!

jeff

Ms. Daugherty, Your blog subject and many of the subsequent comments have reminded me of the following quotes:

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

“Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.” - Washington Irving

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." -- Bertrand Russell

Anonymous

I also wonder how Sue is getting caught up in the SR blog, never expected you to be this way. I hope you don't turn into a Matt, please don't. Seems the whole paper is angry and needs to express their opinions to openly, I don't think they should be.

Anonymous

I think that Harvey's comments were right on the money. If it weren't for the SOS levy and the medicare and social security that I am forced to pay, I could afford a bigger house and a bigger SUV. Sue, you failed to explain why the rest of us have to keep writing the check for those who failed to plan. The generation you reference did catastrophic damage to the rest of us with their entitlements, handouts, Vietnam, etc. We owe them nothing, they owe us.

By the way, there is a great youtube video of elderly people in Vegas with walkie talkies and cellphones creating bus raids on free casino buffets, I will try to post it.

Paul S.

Anonymous

Quit hating people! If this blog isnt your cup of tea then quit coming here!
(You are doing a fine job Michelle)

Anonymous

Hey I read your recommendation and she and some good points. But I am not here to Bully little Miss Michelle. You are a moron! Michelle is getting better at what she does. But she still s*cks! However, one of these days she will be at the heart of something and she will make a difference. By the way Michelle. Utah is a whole lot better place than Ohio! Even if its filled with FLDS! Yeah Michelle, I have an idea are you mormon? If not what was it like living around a ton of mormons? How do things differ from here and Utah? Maybe you should write about that. No bubble gum please.

jeff

INSANE CLOWN POSSE:

Ya might as well lay back, relax, and try to enjoy the ‘experience.’

You’re shouting at the ocean, attempting to stop the tide. Wait’ll the Boomers come of age – you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

The seniors vote and they’ve got the largest partially taxpayer funded lobbying group in the U.S. – AARP.

I’ve been invited, but I won’t join ‘em, ‘cause I’m diametrically opposed politically to most if not all of the socialist ward-of-state garbage that they support.

Coming up, my spouse and I learned to live on 90 percent or less of our income, while saving and investing the balance.

(Check out Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – ‘Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!’)

Sue Daugherty

TO JEFF - I enjoyed reading your contribution. I admire how you & your wife were so self-disciplined that you could save 90% of what you made! YOU SHOULD WRITE A BOOK ABOUT THAT! I'm impressed -- Very impressed!!

I enjoyed your quotes... Especially this one - The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." -- Bertrand Russell "

So, will you do me a favor? Will you please comment and make a criticism (or multiple criticisms, for that matter!) to something I've blogged. It would be an example of how people can disagree with the blogger, while at the same time respectfully exchanging ideas that are in opposition to one another. It appears as though some of the readers are having difficulty with this concept. (I say this sincerely... NOT sarcasticly.)

I'll look forward to your opposing remarks. -- Sue

Anonymous

I will have to agree with some of the preceding comments and say that this blog was rather pointless and it was a recapping of a restless night in the guise of an intelligent topic, so my point is, instead of blogging about pointless topics try and get some of your beliefs out there. Stuff people can really grab on and relate to and save "blogs" like this for social networking website or a diary

p.s. (this is not hatemail only constructive criticism ^_^)

Gulliver

To All Who Are Disgruntled with the blogger (Michelle). As readers we all have preferences. Our brains are wired differenly. Some find a Steven King book better than a romantic novel; a biography as better reading than a self-help book.

This is no different. Blogs like this hit home with some and not with others. If it didn't flip your switch, it doesn't mean she should change how she blogs or should stop blogging... It is simply means it wasn't for you. And that's all it means.

I find Michelle to be very creative... and mature.

Kelly

Ummm Sue? They LIVED on 90% and saved & invested the rest.

Sue Daugherty

TO KELLY. LOL... Thank you, Kelly. That's what I get for "skimming" while I read and not "reading" while I read. Your interpretation makes much more sense! :) Hast does make waste, doesn't it? Thanks for the laugh (at myself). -- Sue

Anonymous

I thought it was "Haste does make wast."

Signed,

Typo Nazi

Kelly

I just wanted to point it out before someone else did..probably in a not-so-nice way.

Anonymous

Are you a psycho-therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, or a behavioralist therapist? If the answer is no to any of the above, your opinion as to why people choose to say what they really feel believing that he or she is hiding under the cloak of anonimity is worthless to me. Case and point this is a small town filled with small minded people who pounce on the opportunity to post mean, hateful, racist filled comments that hurt because they can. The register gives those closet bigots the opportunity to come out of their closets spew hateful things and then sit next to those that they hate so bad at employee lunch table.

Anonymous

Maybe that is because you are family and or a child pervert. I think personally you are stalker

Anonymous

small minded people who pounce on the opportunity to post mean, hateful, racist filled comments that hurt because they can. The register gives those closet bigots...

You mean like you are doing now? Pot & kettle, baby, pot & kettle.

CM

Bullying is the act of intentionally causing harm to others, through verbal harassment, physical assault, or other more subtle methods of coercion such as manipulation. Bullying can be defined in many different ways
Research indicates that adults who bully have personalities that are authoritarian, combined with a strong need to control or dominate. It has also been suggested that a deficit in social skills and a prejudicial view of subordinates can be particular risk factors
Bullies will even create blogs to intimidate victims worldwide.

i so agree that some of the nasty blogs are exactly that. bulling!!! it is a lack of social skills.
i found that if you voice your opinion, there has to be an attack on it. i have never attacked anyone on their opinion, i might not agree with them, but to me attacking someone because we differ is a very poor way to communicate. myself i love to listen to others, because i feel like i could learn from them.
as far as these very nasty comments, i try to ignore them (which is a task sometimes). i too agree, that bloggers should have to sign up on SR. their IP address should be captured. that might help some.

just me

This just gets worse every time. This was inane, space consuming and a little silly. Great for MySpace blogs, not too cool for a 'professional' newspaper.

Anonymous

CM, I enjoy your postings. However, I wonder why you (and so many other people) are wedded to the idea that revealing an IP address somehow gives away a poster's identity. It doesn't, plain and simple. I have seen numerous posts where 'bullies' who have been called out will reply to their antagonist and at the end of their reply will state something like "by the way, your IP address is ________". That information is almost totally useless to all but the most sophisticated computer user.

CM

well, to tell you the truth..i am certainly not a sophisticated computer user.(not even close) i guess i am not educated enough about this subject...
i'm just hoping that there is a way (almost sure, in today's technology) to weed out people that most of the time do nothing but insult others. i have read so many posts that have nothing to do with the story itself.
i have no problem with people who disagree with ME or OTHERS, but the personal insults are way out of line, if you know what i mean.
there has to be a solution to this. i enjoy reading the blogs online, but sometimes i get really turned off by the maturity level of some.

Anonymous

Sue, please keep foamy man home on Commission meeting nights. He gets too emotional over things that really don't even concern him. He acted the fool again. Does he just need a cause to cry about now since your precious Nuesse is gone? Maybe if her house sells, foamy man can build her a foam house somewhere far away from here.

Sam

I agree with I thought he was going to cry. Why does Sue deserve a blog? She , foamy man, Kimmie and Mattie should take a long walk out of town!

Anonymous

I don’t care for the name “foamy man”. I suggest some of the following. “The Foamster”, “The Foam-anator” “Styrofoam Jones” “Windmill Bill” “Mark- of Excellence” “Mark ECO- Mark ECO”

Anonymous

I see you pulled one of your childish pranks and removed a post directed to you about Cedar Point and how they were offering $25.00 admission tickets. The way I figure they offered probably 4-6 tickets online since I went to the site 20 mins after you posted. The way I figure you s crewed up by listening to the adults talking about the tickets and you decided to run with the ball. Furthermore, if you want to use Cedar Point as an attraction to your remedial blog you write, you might try juicing it up and tell the readers how Kinzel has the commissioners in his pocket, and how much money he has donated to the Murrat campaighn fund.

Sue Daugherty

IN ATTEMPT TO STAY ON TOPIC, LET ME ASK THE READERS THIS QUESTON...What would happen if the same time and mental energy that are used to blog insults were used in a different manner? What if blogs followed a rule of having to respectfully challenge the blogger's thinking? WHAT WOULD HAPPEN? -- Sue

CM

i think the posts would be alot shorter--lol. it seems as though the task of challenging some peoples thinking would be to hard for SOME. it must be just easier to insult someone elses thinking than come up with a respectful counter argument.
it would be great to be able to come to the blogs, follow a rule and have great discussions.

Anonymous

What would happen if the same time and mental energy that are used to blog insults were used in a different manner?

The same thing that would happen if all the time and energy (mental and otherwise) that is used to campaign for public office, research and write grants for free public funds, sit in a court room while lawyers (paid by the hour) drone on needlessly, work slower than you want to because of union policies; verily if all these things were done away with, the time freed up could be applied to the truer pursuits of helping mankind, creating great works of art or developing new weapons of mass destruction.

But alas, with the dumbing down of society and the touchy feely movement foisted upon us all, I fear more time and energy will continue to be wasted on useless things.

Anonymous

Useless things like "Foamer Simpson" ?

Anonymous

In our country everyone has the freedom to express their thoughts and views---whether brilliant or foolish. OCCASIONALLY something of value can be gleaned even from the comment of the narrow minded, ilinformend, or ignorant, JUST as occasionally something of value can be gleaned from the comments of the elitist, privilidged, self-righteious, superior despots who "lead" the news threads.

jeff

Ms. Daugherty:

Check out a very thin book by the late Neil Postman entitled ‘Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business.’

For one, Mr. Postman helped to give me insight into how the modern media has shaped what the public views as news.

Currently I have nothing on which to disagree with you. Trust me however, I am a skeptic as well as an iconoclast and I’ll eventually find some idea of yours with which I will disagree. In all likelihood it will be performed in a mannerly way.

To use a cliché: It is perhaps important to disagree without being disagreeable. Disagree with the idea, but not with the person unless that of course becomes necessary.

I admire you for ‘sticking it out there.’ I’ve been in the public arena and have been exposed to its cruelty and vindictiveness, but also it’s gratitude.

As to the saving of 10 percent of income, that was on a graduated basis with virtually every penny going to sustain a standard of living in the beginning. When raises and bonus were received, we didn’t use the added income to appreciably increase our life style but tended to save it. Fortunately, both my spouse and I are perhaps too fiscally conservative, if that’s possible.

One can think of saving for retirement as a form of old age insurance. If one insures for one’s life and property, insuring for the hoped for eventuality of one’s ‘golden age’ is appears to me to only make sense.

A quote from another of Mr. Postman’s book that I tend to take to heart:

'The most important intellectual ability man has yet developed - the art and science of asking questions - is not taught in school!'
- Neil Postman, Teaching As A Subversive Activity

Perhaps too often, bloggers shoot first and never ask the all-important first question in order to help understand the mind of the other blogger.

How does one learn if one doesn’t ask questions?

Anonymous

What if blogs followed a rule of having to respectfully challenge the blogger's thinking? WHAT WOULD HAPPEN? -- Sue "

The Register would have to get rid of Michelle's blog

Sue Daugherty

TO CM: I have to agree with you that coming up with a good counter-point does require more thought and less emotion -- much less emotion. In fact, when emotion leads the conversation there is less substance to support a position. EXAMPLE: "FULL OF YOURSELF wrote: Get over yourself Sue. Take care of the old people like you are supposed to do. You are not all that, hanging with Foam House clowns. "

My best interpretation of this argument is that "Get over yourself" means this blogger beleives that I am impressed with myself and I shouldn't be blogging. He takes the position that I should just be working at my job. He sounds frustrated that I would have a blog. And he has a strong dislike for foam.

Now if I got that right, what would make it interesting and substantive is if comments would explain in an objective manner 1.What is it that I do that leads one to believe that I am impressed with myself. 2. Why I should only take care of old people and nothing else? 3. What is it about foam makes it such a huge source of frustration to others?

TO JEFF, I enjoyed reading your comments and will look forward to the time when you will demonstrate your disagreement with me. I'm confident that I will learn from it! -- Sue

Anonymous

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Sue Daugherty

TO JEFF: Re: the quote 'The most important intellectual ability man has yet developed - the art and science of asking questions - is not taught in school!'
- Neil Postman, Teaching As A Subversive Activity
I LOVE IT. I believe it was Thomas Edison (although I could be wrong)who said the problem with school is that ..."They teach you what to think -- they don't teach you HOW to think."

Sue

Anonymous

My post was deleted from several blogs this week. I don't know why. I only wanted to know why the Sandusky City School buses were running. I was held up by one Tuesday at 7am. It only had around five kids on it. Same Thursday. I would like to know why, if the schools are in dire straights, they have enough fuel to run in the summer. Is there some program, that I, as a taxpayer, should know about?

Anonymous

we are stuck with the socialist register's vomit and venom...blogging is simply to keep the field level...Thr SR can delete...we can opt not to buy the SR.

Anonymous

That's what they truely are! All those people so willing to say such hateful, mean-spirited things HERE, are just that. I eventually learned that constructive criticism should be just that, CONSTRUCTIVE! No two people will ALWAYS think alike, there will always be disagreements, differences of opinions. It's how you're able to RELATE/COMMUNICATE those differences, whether face to face, or here ANONYMOUSLY (in most cases). RESPECT (at least showing it) is a key factor in all forms of communication, as well it should be here. Again though, it's a tad easier to be mean-spirited when you're not looking someone in the eye. I have remained anonymous many times, as well posted my name when I felt strongly about something, usually topics with comments that there is NO QUESTION OR DOUBT they cross that "Report Abuse" line! I too ask why they remain. Freedom of Speech is NO EXCUSE for the hate-filled comments found on some of these sites! As well, I've noticed and have had comments deleted that may have struck a nerve with the Powers that be at the SR, or the individiuals the comment site was about. I have always appreciated the opportunity to put my thoughts into writing and send them to the SR for publishing in the Forum. Have only done it a few times, but it was in regards to subject matter that was personally applicable. Not applicable, but just an example... There has been much controversy surrounding the firing of Chief Nuesse......how, why, etc.. Many individuals have been called into question regarding this, and with good reason. Is it wrong of people to think, ponder and ASK QUESTIONS? There have been ugly comments made by pro-Nuessies, as well anti-Nuessies. The shoe fits both sides! Personally, regarding this topic, I've remained neutral, I QUESTION BOTH SIDES! I believe that is partly why you've recieved so much negative Sue, you're out there showing your support for something that is going against the grain of the City Leaders. You DARE to question?! Nothing wrong with that! This paper has been accused of having PERSONAL AGENDAS, just as it's accused others of having PERSONAL AGENDAS. Don't allow your publishing to be BIASED, it will be taken seriously. Don't make the mistake of thinking we're all SMALL-MINDED sheep just waiting to be led to the slaughter. Most of us are capable of DEEP THINKING! Here is something deep for you, it came from a 3rd. grader....Sticks and Stones may break my bones but NAMES will break my HEART! VERBAL ABUSE is just as HARMFUL as if someone may have HIT you! For every action there is a re-action. It's easier when there is NO FACE to go with the ACTION! Keep up the good work Sue! I hope you know just how much you and what you do are APPRECIATED! Vicki

IMHO

She probably just wrote this so that she could get enough comments to be on the "top comments" list. Then more people might read her junk.

Anonymous

What's your name you coward?

Anonymous

And I still think it stinks!

A Marine Mom

Hi Sue~
And to think you left Norwalk for this abuse! I feel the hateful bloggers are jealous ~ plain and simple ~ and I wish they would channel their energy into something positive.
I must say that I always have admired you....you have show true class in all aspects of your life and this blog is no different.
Best of luck.
Sincerely,
Theresa
Norwalk, OH

Anonymous

I feel the hateful bloggers are jealous

Oh Please! Jealous of what? Or whom? I don't feel I am being hateful when I state my opinion on a poorly written and extremely boring blog. (not this one..Sue's I like!) I am taking advantage of the comment section that they put there to give my opinion. As I have said before, if they don't want honest opinions, then call it the compliment section. Sue asked a question earlier(What if blogs followed a rule of having to respectfully challenge the blogger's thinking? WHAT WOULD HAPPEN? -- Sue )and I answered it with an honest answer. My answer was that the Register would need to stop printing the attempts of one of her fellow bloggers. That was, of course, removed by the Register even though it was not offensive. Just an honest answer to an honest question put forth by Sue.

CM

i believe that most of the hateful comments on the blogs would NOT be said in a face to face setting.
some of the comments made that have no face value, are made out of assumptions. you know what they say about "assume"
so, if someone writes "you're stupid" that person does not have a better answer. i have commented on blogs, only to be attacked about something i said months ago, about something totally different.

Anonymous

While walking down the street today I saw a guy and a girl. She was wearing nothing but a bikni bathing suit and the young man nothing but his shorts. This was not at the beach. But in the heart of Sandusky. She made me very horny and made me think of sex. She looked to be about 18. But we all know if they look about 18 these days she was most likely about 15. I am in the mid twenties myself. Most men and women my age are think just like Michelle all about how horny sex! Getting all nekked and doing the dirty or the wild thing. Now if anyone thinks Michelle is innocent. I will make them a bet of $100 she is not and her mind leads to sex also. That to me is where minds lead. However it is based on circumstances

Anonymous

Anything I'd say on here I would say to your face. No question.

CM

well, if you do i have respect for that, but most will NOT.

Anonymous

Most of the name calling or insults is just a release of frustrations. Frustration at not being able to change things, at elected officials not listening to the voter, at the circumstances surrounding the individual, at the lack of good paying jobs, the list goes on and on. Yes there are some people who will do it just to say something and be quoted on a blog, you know being recognized. I don't think you need to take anything that is blogged negative, personally. Keep up the good work Sue, I enjoy reading your blogs and stories.

Anonymous

Wow, you are a real MotherFuckingBitch.

Anonymous

I'm not a "blogger" --I'm a "community commentator".. Thank you, very much.

Anonymous

your a f%$^ing idiot

Anonymous

First of all Sue you really do a great job on your blog spot. Interesting topic today. The Bible says "Out of the heart the mouth speaks"...so if your heart is full of vulgarities and filth that's pretty much what's going to come out of it and so explains 65% of the comments left on any blog. The Bible also says we are born with a 'sin nature' so yes, I agree...we are born with the on switch for evil and goodness has to be purposefully taught with a heart in pursuit of a Holy God.
It doesn't take enormous intellect to communicate effectively and even less intellect to spew a lot of expletives and vulgarities, but it does take extraordinary effort to promote civil discourse. I am ever aware that there is a name and face and feelings behind each pseudonym. I'm taught that I should try and be at peace with all men. The Bible says that at the time of the end that "the love of most will grow cold". The blogs are full of cold hearts. Keep up the good work Sue and pay no attention to that little mean man behind the curtain for his time is short.

Anonymous

Most don't like truth (America). Especially those in "authority." There is never anything wrong with facts. Wise are those who quickly admit their errors.

Anonymous

It's the frustration that I'm so much smarter than the rest of you losers. You are all like that ADHD child and I'm the parent that has lost patience with your inability to focus and understand very basic things. So I guess it's the inverted saying of "Ignorance is Bliss"...that's how most of you operate, in complete ignorance. In my case, superior intellect causes pertpetual anger and rage! I guess it's my curse.

Anonymous

Look Sue! You made it in the top stories! Congrats! I even helped make it possible for you to be in the top ten! You owe me a thank you! Plus, your blog still stinks!

Get Over It

Most people seem to agree you do a good job, Sue. I think you do a great job at the levy funded job you have at SOS. But there are many people who find you very annoying. Does everyone have to love or like you? Many have commented that you know everything about every issue on earth.I guess that is annoying. You do not need to keep defending yourself and critizing others. Just like a politician, once you decide to take on that role it puts you in the public eye of the taxpayer, you must expect both positive comments and negative. And this constant complaining about the bloggers is also annoying. If you want to hear how wonderful you go to your supporters Maybe do away with the Blog that way you won't be so hurt or horrified.

Sam

Why does she even have a blog? Answer to serve her own self serving views and those of foamy man and Matt.

Anonymous

What this Sue person has to say. They will be guarded comments at best. I care more about what the anonyms bloggers have to reveal. They shed more insight on perspective because they do not have to disclose who they are. Also, some are pretty darn funny. Nothing funny in this article...just plain BORING!

Anonymous

For me, it's because I'm too fat and out of shape to get out often. So I get on the message board and post my non sensical rants.

Love to all,
007 (sitting on the back deck)

Anonymous

You are so right. There is humor in some of these posts. Also some stupidity too.

Rick Studer

To “Re Sues Blog”

Well I see your light bulb finally went off again. Seven sentences, I sense you growing as I speak. Great news for me, the blog and you, not so good for the chair though.

I do notice you use the word stinks in every post. Some might consider this redundant or redumbdent in your speak, but keep up the good work! I think your writing don’t stink as much as it did.

To “Yes Im ANGRY”

First off, if you have to tell people you’re smart, you’re probably not. Thinking hurts and I can tell you’re in pain.

“So I guess it's the inverted saying of "Ignorance is Bliss"...that's how most of you operate, in complete ignorance.”

This means the same thing. The second part is not inverted. Your thought process is. You can ask the rest of the blog but I think that’s an automatic 20 point deduction from your I.Q. Good luck with your brain functions!

Anonymous

Personally, I think you and Matt Westerhold are an asset to the SR. I enjoy reading what you write and I like Matt because he tells it like it is.

Anonymous

Hey Rick I find your postings painfully annoying. If someone wants to use the word stinks to describe the horrendous bloggers associated with this newspaper then so what?
I got you pegged Rick, I see you as a lonely, friendless, a$$hle who spends his days trying to prove to everyone else how smart you think you are. I think you really believe that you are being cleaver and have the upper hand but at the end of the day all you have is your computer and about three inches of human spakle on the monitor screen. I bet you find yourself so starved for human contact that you find yourself enjoying the two asian girls and their cup a little too much. See Rick I can also be cleaver and insult you at the same time.
Hey Sue while I do enjoy your blogs I would contend that the "angry blogger" phenomenon is not as big as an epidemic as you think. I would say that some people need to toughen up a little bit. Since when did it become unacceptable to criticize someone? This is another example of the way that we as a society have become sissys. Take for example the cleveland suburb who eliminated the little league all star game because it made the kids who didnt make it feel bad. Give me a f-in break, this is how some kids grow up thinking that they are entitled to everything and shouldnt have to work for what they want. Same thing with the blogs, if someone chooses to say that your blog stinks doesnt that inspire you to make your blog better, after all isnt that what you are trying to accomplish with this blog.

Anonymous

Yes i truely agree with person that is talking about angry bloggers these people are crazy some of the thngs they say are un real! And crule

Rick Studer

" To “Re Sues Blog”

You just can’t say “$$pattle” on the Internet….

It’s not very clever to spell it like cleaver, you sound like Eddie Haskel on “Leave it to Bever”

Anonymous

The negative comments you have gotten from some of these bloggers means you are doing your job well. Keep up the good work!

Anonymous

I don't blog that very often but once I was accused by one of the bloggers of being Kim Nuesse. I think I was also accused of being YOU. It was intended to be an insult but I took it as a compliment.

Sue Daugherty

This will conclude my comments on this topic. Thanks for the excellent participation!! I think we might have hit on something, here. My next blog is on a similar topic. I hope you are join in on that one, too!

In the meantime let me say this...
TO SAM: In the newspaper 8/3/08, in Matt Westerhold's editorial, he has invited other people to have a blog. I don't know why I was invited. But it appears that you are invited, too.

TO FAITHFUL FEW: I really liked what you said!!(edited version due to space) *Out of the heart the mouth speaks"...so if your heart is full of vulgarities and filth that's pretty much what's going to come out of it
*...we are born with the on switch for evil and goodness has to be purposefully taught.
*It doesn't take enormous intellect to communicate effectively and even less intellect to spew a lot of expletives and vulgarities, but it does take extraordinary effort to promote civil discourse. I am ever aware that there is a name and face and feelings behind each pseudonym. I'm taught that I should try and be at peace with all men.

My hope is over time we can all be mindful of the third point that you made above. We really could have some great debate packed with meaning on these blogs if we adopted that principle!

TO GET OVER IT. Thanks for your feedback. You said something I found very interesting, and that I was not aware of - "Many have commented that you know everything about every issue on earth.I guess that is annoying. You do not need to keep defending yourself and critizing others".

I wasn't aware that some people see me as knowing everything about every issue. HHHMMMM... I suspect that might be caused by the advantage of discussing the issues I get to work in the newspaper -- and now the blog. That comment gives me more credit than I am due. It is based only on perception. It's not a reality.

The other thing you pointed out is that I criticize others. HHHMMMMM, again. You would be doing me a favor in my future blogs if you would bring to my attention when I negatively criticized others. I'm not aware of it. (I'm assuming you mean criticize the person. I don't believe in crticizing people. I do belive in criticizing behavior, but not the person. (There is a difference.)
I do appreciate your comments, though. Keep'em coming! -- Sue

Anonymous

yeah okay because the register is the paragon of professionalism..

this obnoxiously self-indulgent rambling fits right in

Anonymous

Do yourself a favor. Stop drinking so much mountain dew and you will fall asleep. Also, instead of trying to sound like a full grown adult when you type up your great idea's for your blog. Be yourself. It shows through that you are trying to be someone else or make yourself look better than who you are. Also, the way you thought about all those people is called being reactionary. You saw something and you reacted. You remembered something, you smiled and reacted. The bottom line is that you are filled with way too much caffeinated and regular energy that you can't slow down. If I said what I wanted to say next. Your mom would B**tch to the editors and censors of this paper. So I will refrain. If I ever come across you one of these days. I will say what I have to say until then. We all will keep you guessing. Just keep on trying to write. Even it stinks. Always be yourself. Which again I will repeat myself you have not done yet.

James

This was an interesting, creative column. I liked how it wasn't as serious as some of her others.

CM

the mind is womderful, isn't it..wait until you get older and you try to remember something, and you can't..
i enjoy your stories. ignore the ignorant comments, maybe they are old and their mind is just not working that well anymore...it happens..

Anonymous

What is a thought?

It is the result of an elecro-chemical reaction in the brain.

Does one 'hear' one's own thoughts?

No. What one perceives as a 'voice' in one's head is an illusion.

Anonymous

If the 'voice' that one 'hears' in one's head is illusionary, then 'who' is doing the 'hearing' and 'who' is doing the 'speaking?'

joy

you are correct except for one thing, in my opinion.

the people who write the worst things are also cowards and hide behind their anonymous screen identity. one was stalking my comments so i had to change the name because the person didn't like something i said. it is very scary to think that these comments might be written by someone who presents a nice public image.

the register needs to take more responsibility about monitoring the posts and you should try harder to get them to do so.

Anonymous

Sue, do you have a problem with people like me legitimately complaining about how this so called greatest generation is vacuuming cash out of my wallet to support their unplanned for lifestyles and that levy that supports our salary? Thats anger and inappropriate criticism? Social security and the SOS levy won't be around for me and I am planing my life accordingly. I am tired of the presumption and moral arrogance of people like you on behalf of this predator class that has ruined our nation and created a suffocating tax burden. Oh wait, I am being a bully or something, oh a brutal comment. Please. Why do I care that your customers cant supposedly heat their homes, they should have planned better or they should move to a place they can afford. America the whiners, being goven a forum on this website. Let's see how fast this post gets deleted as I speak a truth many SR readers accept.

Anonymous

and like the previous poster, I IMPLORE the Register to DO SOMETHING about the rampant abuse that is occuring on these comment sections. The SR is doing a great disservice to our community by allowing this to go on unchecked. I have no problem with people sharing their differing opinions or offering constructive criticism, but nastiness, filth, obscenities or hatred seem to be taking over almost every posting, no matter what the topic. Please, fix this and clean up this mess.

My Opinion

If you do not like what people say tough rockos. You only want someone like yourself to write things you like and agrees with your opinions? That is a two way street. I might not agree with your opinions but I do agree you have the right to that opinion. I have been cussed at, threatened, called names, etc. etc. It does not bother me. Why do you want the Sr to delete opinions diggerent form yours?

My Opinion

read different!

Sue Daugherty

To Harvey, I appreciate your perspective and would like to share the other things that go into life and growing older that could not be planned for... Those who are in their late 70's & 80 + years of age today, had parents who (for the most part) died at or before the age of 65. Back then, the general public never could have anticipated the medical advances that have taken place and the sky rocketing costs that accompany these advances. A similar phenomenon would be... Just as our generation never anticipated the successful growth & development of China & India and the consequences this is having on young and middle-aged adults today.

When Medicare & Social Security was implemented, it was implemented with the factual knowledge that the majority of people died at age 65.

The money taken from your wallet to fund social security isn't caused by people who failed to plan. The greatest majority DID plan. Although I do admit that there are those who in later life have made some poor financial decsions, they are NOT the majority.

What most people fail to realize is those who were born in the 1920's believed they would be dead by the 1980's. And guess what... It isn't happening at the proportions that we are acustomed to. And this does bring with it social consequences that require advocacy/problem solving and local & responsible intervention.

Thank you for allowing me to share this perspective. I hope you feel as though it was done respectfully, as that was my intention.

Would anyone else care to lend any respectful insights to Harvey's position statement? -- Sue

Anonymous

Your blogs stink. I can't believe I just wasted 3 minutes of my life reading this garbage. That's 3 minutes that I will never get back. Thanks a lot Sue.

Anonymous

But you are kinda hot though.

joy

Since you're more in touch with the male side of your brain, have you ever thought about becoming a lesbian. I'll give you my number sweetheart!

Anonymous

When's your birthday? I want to start a countdown until you're legal. SO HOT!!!

joy

Hey Nick... if you're here, who's running hell?

Anonymous

Hi Sue,

You certainly brought out some great points. Those points have been made for years, since blogging began. No matter if it’s blogging or writing anonymous letters, when people are cloaked they can be anyone they want to be.

But, Sue, keep in mind, you are the owner of this blog we are contributors. Your words will cause reaction. When you say that you are more in touch with the male side of your brain, how do you think some of us should react to that? As a highly educated and experienced individual, I can assure this could be offensive to some people (not all, but some). I’m sure you realize that there is no such thing – evidentiary material concluding that there indeed is a male and female side of the brain. There may be theory, and much joking, but no empirical evidence.

What YOU say Sue, has much to do with our reactions to your post. That is true in verbal communication too.

What I read is that when women communicate they aren’t factual and would rather share their opinions and thoughts. {How many jokes have we heard about that? Hey, I’ve laughed at them too!} While you can find some research on that topic, you will find research to the contrary as well. Words aren’t just words. For many of us, words have meaning and they are powerful. Perhaps having someone (who is not a close colleague, friend or even editor read your blog prior to posting may help with this. You want to scrutinize before we do). It’s difficult for those of us who write often to analyze our own words like others can. I am already acutely aware of the subject matter of your blog, as most technically savvy people are. I am very pleased you posted this in the SR blog. I think it’s very appropriate that someone has decided to do this because I don’t know if people in this area have been blogging for years (on professional blogs) like others have been. Yet, your introduction put me off. I rarely post anything in the SR blog, but, because of what you are trying to do (a very positive thing), does not correlate to how you opened your blog. Every word matters.

This is not a feminist comment by any means Sue. (Fellow Bloggers…please note that too…I’m just trying to prove a point about owners of blogs taking some responsibility for our reactions – this is not a feminist comment in any way). Sue, I am merely making you aware that everything you place in a blog will undergo scrutiny, abysmal or positive comments. When you throw a line out like you did in your intro…you may not “catch” all positive comments. I would posit that people who believe women are only opinionated and not factual would be complementary. If you are in-tune with our current presidential race, I think you would agree that both genders are opinionated and only use facts when those facts support their efforts. Funny how politics never change…smile.

This information you brought forth to help people in this area with blogging etiquette is much needed. Thank-you for that. I am simply trying to help you see that the owner of the blog needs to take some responsibility of the reactions when they put pen to paper. Thank-you for your time.

Anonymous

Most people like the give the agenda of their opinion. If you speak truthfully with others it will cause problems. Try it. Try it in the workplace. Try it in the home. Try in the church. Get ready for reactions.

Sue Daugherty

TO: RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BLOG= EVERY WORD MATTERS. Your comments were EXCELLENT!! Thank you!! Now let me tell you why I think so...
1. I learned from you! When you contributed your comment - "When you say that you are more in touch with the male side of your brain, how do you think some of us should react to that? As a highly educated and experienced individual, I can assure this could be offensive to some people (not all, but some)." -- When you shared this, I learned from you. I now see that I need to write so I am sensative to ALL who might read and interpret this blog.
2. You didn't agree with me. That's a good thing!
3. Because you were willing to give criticism in a constructive -- and respectful -- manner, you challenged my thinking. (I suspect you challenged all the readers thinking.) I can now learn from that... and change how I blog in the future.

Compare what you said to what was said by RE SUES BLOG - " Your blogs stink. I can't believe I just wasted 3 minutes of my life reading this garbage. That's 3 minutes that I will never get back. Thanks a lot Sue. "

How can improvement be made with feed back like that? It was all anger and offered nothing substitive the I could use to improve the blog.

I've always beleived that people can and should say whatever they beleive needs to be said (One exception - HATE MESSAGEs should not be tolerated.) as long as it is communicated with courtesy & respect. You just proved that point.

I hope we see more of your type of blogging! Thanks again for your mindful critque. You caused me to broaden my perspective and elevate my thinking.

My significant other shared this truism with me once... "We tend to only do what we know. Only when we know better, can we do better."-- Sue

Anonymous

I'm not angry, I just think your blogs stink.

Gulliver

TO "Hey Stupid". Instead of tryng to impart your wisdom on Michelle, see if you can learn something from reading Sue Daugherty's lastest blog. It talks about why people post comments like yours.

Rick Studer

Interesting blog today, lot’s of good points. One point that needs to be made is that blogs are an exchange of ideas using words. I think one can make a mistake applying the rules of social etiquette to exchanges on the Internet.

We’re not really debating people but instead debating ideas. If one says “this blog stinks” don’t take it personal, perhaps that is the only idea that blogger is capable of generating. In the future that blogger may grow as a thinker and contribute something profound like “this blog really stinks badly”, it could happen. That is the beauty of blogging,

When someone is full of pomposity yet vacant of original thought, Mark Norman comes to mind, we are free to respond appropriately. In a public setting we would be relegated to rolling our eyes or mumbling under our breath. With a blog or comment section we are free to respond in the way we feel that is justified. I suggest instead of getting upset enjoy the freedom of speech we all are awash in. Happy blogging!

Anonymous

You are way to full of yourself. Are you the offspring of Westerhold?

Anonymous

Get over yourself Sue. Take care of the old people like you are supposed to do. You are not all that, hanging with Foam House clowns.

Anonymous

It's funny when the "intellect" group around here doesn't like someone's opinion they try to degrade someone intellectually. For example, Rick. How's this? Rick might actually make sense in the near future, but for now he is a pompous a$$.

Anonymous

That was about the only idea that popped into my head while reading your garbage Rick.

Anonymous

Thanks for the response Sue. This is how blogging should be conducted. We learn from each other share our ideas. You are right in your response to the person who provides that the blog “stinks” and other ignominious verbiage. Well, if it really does “stink”…then why even bother commenting? (Rhetorical question).

This proves your point that those type of responses make people feel powerful. Unfortunately for them, Sue, adding words and thoughts like that to these types of blogs is disempowering – they just don’t know it. There are plenty of blogs on the Web that actually encourage that type of behavior. But, typically the person who owns the blog wants the drama and it works out nicely for all of them. It can be fun (and enlightening) to ‘banter’ back and forth…intelligently and respectfully. The power of dishonorable words is just too great for people to handle. They must use them to feel self-worth. Albert Einstein once said, “The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.”

Anonymous

Blogging in the SR should be done away with. I have noticed that it is most of the pro Nuesse people that get so nasty and vulgar in those stories. If you are not Pro Nuesse you get told off here in these blogs. Another point I would like to bring up is when there are stories such as "Sweet Pea" or "Woman falls over board" or the one about the one motorcycle rider that got killed, people say some HORRIBLE things about the people that the stories pertain to and their families and friends. I know for certain that one of the stories there was a family member reading the blogs and had to see all of the bad things bloggers were saying about their loved ones. SR should be ashamed of themselves for letting this go on! No, they did not delete a single one of them. Let me type something about Westerhold or Nuesse that is not what they want to hear and my blog is GONE! Do away with these blogs. On second thought, might not have to because if the SR and Westerhold keep being so biased and heartless, there might not be a SR to worry about.

Anonymous

Sue, how did you get involved with this blogging thing and the SR? Need I ask??

Rick Studer

To “Re Sues Blog”

I offer this as proof of my point that you would grow as a thinker. First you were able to ascertain that I was speaking of you even though I didn’t use your name. Secondly, you offered up not one but two new thoughts. I suggest when an idea “pops” in to your head again to save them. You can use these ideas as a group in one of your next post.

I would also like to say I take offense to two things, first I recent being listed as part of any group, especially and “intellectual” group. And secondly, I don’t like being called a pompous a$$, I prefer to be known as an a$$ hole.

Are you by chance a bitter divorced woman or an effete young boy?

Anonymous

Your thoughts about.... My thoughts about dumb people - God made them.

Anonymous

I'm surprised that you get so many negative comments when you are clearly one of the better bloggers on the Register. Everyone knows who the worst is, even though the "powers that be" try to delete anything negative about her posts. I really have a problem with that esppecially since many of them are not the least bit offensive or personal attacks but are merely people's opinions about the blog. What is the point of having a comment section? If you don't want criticism, then call it the compliment section. Otherwise, leave the posts up.

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