Your daily Letter to the Columnist — Jan. 28, 2013
Gotta tell you, Dan,
I’m a “newbie” to your daily blog, but I’ve become intrigued by it in the last week or so. I’ve lived in the general area (Pulaski County) for seven years, and I’ve read your column from time to time online. You do have a way with words, and I find you, at times, right on brother – tell it like it is, a little too off base for me, funny, always caring about humanity, and always, always, always, plain hitting with your words and beliefs.
I can’t comment on how things are in Roanoke, since I live an hour away, and in a mountain community. I do, however, enjoy your columns dealing with every day life and humanity.
But I must confess, I never followed your blog online until I read your “pimping” column. That’s when I decided to read it a few days before barging in, before I give some of your far out bloggers whose brain swings directly opposite of mine a chance to say I’m trolling. Well, all I have to say about that is, “everybody’s got to start sometime.”
I’ve been a regular blog commenter on another newspaper in another state for several years until recently. When that newspaper went behind a pay wall, it lost many of its more colorful commenters (I like to think I was one), because we objected to having to pay to read a newspaper few people thought was intelligent enough to present a well written or truly factual reporting – and both sides agreed on that.
It was a fun time, but certainly not for onion skin commenters. The insults could fly faster than a greased pig can slide down a striptease pole. Reading the various commenters on this board – another internet blogger I follow calls all internet commenters “board monkeys” — convinces me we all fall in the same categories, no matter what newspaper we choose to honor with our wise opinions.
Depending on how the brain’s pendulum swings, and who is doing the judging, most of us who love to blog on boards are called liberal left, right wing nut, Democrat, Republican, Tea Partier, Bible thumper, atheist, unreasonable, dreamer, comic, or whose greatest joy is insulting others (one who eats nails for breakfast and drinks sauerkraut juice absent reasoning skills).
There are also a few in between who can see both sides of an argument and present valid reasons for each, plus a few who try to keep us all from taking ourselves too seriously (and that really sets off some far out minds).
You are really good, you know, to keep all these bloggers coming back so many times and for so long. I guess that’s what I really wanted to say. It’s rare that a blogger can get “Fifty Shades of Board Monkeys” to come back day after day after day, even if they want to reserve you a room at the Space Planet Hilton.
Congratulations on your longevity, and you continue to run up the blood pressure of a few conservatives, Tea Partiers, and Bible thumpers for the next however-long-you-want-it-to-be years.
Shirely in PULASKI
Response: Shirley, I hope you join the fray soon!