A link has been added at the lower right to Leslie Sweetnam’s website where many aerial views of Woodstock can be viewed. Admin
We want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We want each and every one of you to know how much you have contributed by participating in the discussion and by reading the articles and comments, becoming more aware of the issues that face Woodstock, and how much we appreciate your continued support. We believe that our ongoing interactions, both by those who speak and those who donâ€™t, will have a positive impact on the challenges that are known today as well as the challenges that have yet to present themselves.
It is important to periodically reiterate our philosophy. We have repeatedly disclosed our belief and support of the value of anonymity in enlarging the scope of participants in discussions. Again, it must be said that it is the discussion we want to focus on and not the personalities. That being said, it is almost impossible to prevent the personalities of commentors revealing themselves in their written statements. We would ask that each of you try to focus on the discussion and not the personality of the commentors. Remember, for those of you that use a â€˜handleâ€™, nobody really knows who you are. Yes, that anonymity allows you to speak your mind, but you should not use this as an opportunity for less than civil behavior.
Our culture, in general, has been paralyzed by ‘political correct-ness’. Fortunately, there isnâ€™t a lot of that here at the CafÃ©. Politically correct speech has made the normal discourse between people nearly impossible, and this problem has evolved to include politically correct thought. When someone says something that we donâ€™t like, donâ€™t want to hear, or are uncomfortable knowing about, we have learned to invoke some form of victimhood to stop the discussion, change the subject, or in some other manner monopolize the â€˜stageâ€™. We have nearly completely disabled ourselves from thinking, analyzing and processing ideas. Our cultural acceptance/encouragement of individual victimhood and self-indulgence has nearly eliminated our ability to achieve, do the right thing, or be the best that we can.
From the CafÃ© perspective, our discussions here are a primal form of communication. We expect them to be less than polished. The discussion will, through the exchange of the commentors, eventually refine itself. That process will often be uncoordinated and less than graceful. Each of us fights our own battles of free thought. We come to the CafÃ© to let our thoughts find voice. It is important that in bringing our thoughts, ideas and perspectives to the forefront, we let a little of that light shine into ourselves and grow with the exchange of ideas and thoughts with others.
So, enjoy this day, enjoy your families, enjoy your fellow CafÃ©-ers, and most importantly, enjoy the fact we live in a place where free speech is still relatively available.
Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for being part of the CafÃ©. Admin