Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Longmeadow Website Controversy Continues....

Here is the article that appears in this morning's Springfield Republican about my dismissal as an "insubordinate" volunteer webmaster for the town of Longmeadow....
click here to read the complete article

In this article, Mr. Aseltine is quoted...

Aseltine said his concerns were not about whether or not Moran was in favor or against the school project.   "He is entitled to his opinion.  The problem was that while he was running the town site he was also posting personal attacks on the Select Board members and the former superintendent of schools."

"We just think that Jim is no longer in a position to run the town site objectively."

As has been mentioned in previous posts on LongmeadowBuzz, Mr. Aseltine could not provide any specific examples of how the LongmeadowBuzz blog postings affected the posting of information on the School Building Committee or Town of Longmeadow websites... because there were none! 

I guess that Mr. Aseltine believes that I am entitled to my opinion as long as I don't go public with it.

The so-called "personal attacks" referred to by Mr. Aseltine were directed at the School Building Committee co-chairs (not Select Board members) and the Superintendent of Schools because it appeared that they were directly involved with what happened to the "disappearing/ reappearing" public correspondence in November between the SBC and the MSBA.

Mr. Aseltine and the SB are now engaged in the development of a new "government based" website where there will be clear guidelines for the new webmaster so that problems do not arise in the future. We can all guess how revealing and insightful that information will be for town residents.

I suggest that Mr. Aseltine take a course in how the Internet has transformed politics and almost every other aspect of life.  The online world can respond much more rapidly.... and it can be quite effective (or damaging) in how it is used.  I don't take this responsibility very lightly.

I recommend that town residents interested in staying abreast to what is happening in Longmeadow visit the LongmeadowBuzz blog occasionally.

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