On occasion, some NOW regular bloggers post letters to the editor by their blog readers.
The following is a letter that was published in the February 7 Muskego-New Berlin NOW newspaper.
I was nearly trampled to the ground the other day as residents of New Berlin rushed to get a copy of Muskego-New Berlin NOW and read what their neighbors had to say. No, that didn’t happen, and it didn’t when we had the old New Berlin Citizen, either.
The majority of us want to know the news, weather, sports, community, national and worldwide events that affect our lives, written by dedicated reporters. Expressing an opinion doesn’t necessarily feed that need. Opinions are varied, some filled with facts, others without fact, and many offered to deceive. In other words, opinions are as varied as we are.
A blog seems to be the most popular manner of expressing an opinion today. And if we’re inclined to enlighten our friends and neighbors, working from a blog would appear to be the most efficient. The computer has created an instant and direct link to most news sources. Every newspaper, radio and television outlet has a Web site. If we can’t afford or can’t operate a computer, the next best thing would be to offer our talent to the community.
Do the Board of Review, Crime Prevention Committee, Fourth of July Commission or Safety Commissions of the city of New Berlin need people? Yes. An appropriate way of expressing ourselves would be to join one of these municipal bodies and do something effective with our time.
I’m sure in some of these bodies we’d have to back what we say with facts, just as the newspaper wants facts before printing. And, in the process we may find our name in the paper once in awhile to impress our neighbors and friends.
Ray McInerny Sr.