Sorry all for snubbing the Ludington Torch since joining about a month ago. I have been devoting more time to an ailing father and my business, so I have been away from the keyboard lately, until this last weekend.
I got on Ludington Talks and started a thread about Census 2010, and had even gotten a couple of thoughtful comments from torcholders Dave and Edie, when I went back later on Sunday, the thread was gone! I sent Shoreline Media the following message:
"I had a thread titled "Earn Some Money and Help Your Community" about employment opportunities with the 2010 Census which was deleted by your spirited censorial keyboard. I am from Ohio, and I understand that the recession has been particularly hard on your state so I offered some advice on where to find information on and apply for the 2010 Census for those who read Ludington Talks. Apparently, you perceived it as an unpaid advertisement, which it was not meant to be. Will I get my words deleted if I post a comment on why I prefer Coke over Pepsi?
Some of your members and their families who were down on their luck now have less of an opportunity to rebound thanks to your action. Do you even care about them?"
They actually replied and said "The Census Bureau is paying money to advertise on several other media outlets, we're not going to offer free advertising for them here."
Two points. I have applied to join the census, but do not represent them in any way-- I wish only to bring the knowledge to other people who need the money and wish to help their local community. Secondly, they ignored the question about them caring about the local people-- "who cares about them, we worship only the mighty dollar", they seemed to say.
Due to their anal misreading of my thread, and their callous disregard for the people who buy their newsprint, I have cancelled my subscription to the LDN paper, and have decided to boycott Ludington Talks, which is a seriously misnamed outlet. Long live the Voice of the Lakeshore-- The Ludington Torch!