About Somervell County Salon (salon.glenrose.net aka scsalon.org)
Somervell County Salon (http://salon.glenrose.net, subdomain of glenrose.net) has been up and running as a news and commentary online media site for over 9 years (2015).
Somervell County Salon is a .... BLOG that also has news. It's MY blog (Salon) but I welcome others to post and comment, as long as the posts aren't outrageous and dumb. We're very opinionated here, we're populists and the posters are Democrats, Republicans and Independents. At right is an example of the site in July 2011 from archive.org. Notice that quite a few of the top level posters have photo avatars with their posts. What we, to include all top posters and approved commenters, have in common is that we believe in representative democracy and calling out those who are supposed to represent us when we think they're not. If you're from Somervell County or a surrounding area OR you have something to share that is particularly of interest and relevant to Somervell County, you're invited to join in posting or commenting. If you have a tip or something you want us to check out, please email talk at glenrose.net. (That email alias goes to site owner *salon*.) Top Level posts are posted ONLY under a given registered member's handle; no one has ever attempted to post as someone else, but that person would be banned from the site if so. Malicious comments are deleted, this is NOT a free for all for anyone that chooses to come along and post crapola. All comments, unless the person is an approved poster with their own handle, are put in a pending state UNTIL approved; coded it that way on purpose.
As you might imagine, a female , salon, started it, and it's been run, designed, and programmed by me -Texas Watchdog March 2009 and FW Weekly January 2009 . (I, writer of this blurb, am "salon".) I, "salon" personally choose to use a screen name on this site, but most people probably know me from attending government meetings in person, video recording them, and putting them up, along with my own commentary, on this site. From that previous link, which I, salon, wrote in May 2013.
what I really want to talk about is the value of anonymous speech, which has a rich tradition in this country. Publius, anyone? This website was started with the idea that as long as the conversations remain civil and within a few boundaries, people can anonymously discuss an issue. That includes me. You will not find my name anywhere on this site. I post as salon. Does this mean that people may not know who I am? Yes, but for about 4 years, I went down to government meetings, recorded them, and then posted excerpts on this site. I have no doubt that every person in those rooms saw me with the camera and, not being a shy person, I spoke with and know quite a few of them. So, it's not a matter of secrecy, it's a matter of internet privacy.
When I have written letters to the editor, I do it under my name and I am choosing to do that in that venue. I believe strongly also that if I were a member, say, of a PAC or some other political entity that was taking money to influence an election, that I should have that as part of the description under my name (as for example, Charlie Thomas's letters to the editor which didn't include the fact that he is treasurer of the Somervell County Hospital Authority PAC). As a citizen, I have the right of free speech to express my opinion about any subject and the newspaper has the right to say, WHEN I APPROACH THEM, that they will not print it if it does not include my real name.
(Here's an example of a political satirical cartoon I,salon, did a few years back with regard to the 4b board giving tax money to the chamber of commerce . For example, no doubt that Darrell Best knows me as salon.)
You can use the Search feature by keyword. And, if you are looking for posts by certain people, you can click on the poster's name to page through all the posts. Each of us posts ONLY as ourselves, do not ever use anyone else's login id (why would we, we each have our own), and have our own style and decided opinions. I, "Salon" , who idealogically am a liberal feminist, created the site as an outlet for political and social opinion, from the viewpoint not only of an American, Texas and Somervell County resident but also a female.
P.S. There may be some that have disrespect for females and discount that anyone except a man could run a site like this or have political opinions of her own. Those people would be sexist troglodytes who live in the 1800's era in their tiny, uninformed minds, would be WRONG and should be ridiculed as ignorant.
Here are a couple more examples of some really misguided and ignorant men.