Citizens For A Better Norwood

Thursday, July 16, 2009

New rule: Stay on topic

Over the last several weeks, discussions under some of our blogs have veered away from our topics and into the realms of national politics and racism in our community, including unsupported accusations of racism, drug addiction, and other bad behavior directed at our police officers. Following are some recent examples:

1.) 7/2/09: NHS assistant principal Rob Amodio named superintendent
2.) 6/25/09: New Kroger: WOW!
3.) 6/29/09: New Surrey Square Kroger opens next Thursday
4.) 6/17/09: Rookwood brawl: the plot thickens

The goal of Citizens for a Better Norwood blog is to inform our readers about our Norwood community while offering everyone the opportunity to also inform by responsibly commenting on the topics we present for discussion. We are as interested in national politics as most Americans, and we’d be lying if we said we’ve never been tempted to blog about an important national event or issue…the historic election of our first African American president and health care reform come to mind. But Norwood, not national politics, is our beat, and as we like say, “Our blog is about all things Norwood.” We ask that you keep this in mind when you are commenting on our topics. If you happen to forget, we will post gentle reminders to get back on topic.

The off-topic comments accusing our police officers of racism, drug addiction, etc. were posted anonymously and without proof. These are extremely serious accusations against professionals who are charged with extraordinary power over civilians. Unsupported allegations like these are highly inappropriate for our blog and should be directed to the proper authorities for investigation. Should an investigation of the NPD ever ensue, we would certainly post any media reports about it for our readers to discuss. In the coming days, we are going to delete these inappropriate comments. If similar accusations are made in the future, even in the guise of "this is my opinion," we will delete them on the spot because we are responsible for all content here, including the comments.

We will be happy to answer any questions in the comment box.