Greetings people of Niagara County. I have started this blog because I believe that rational conversation is key to progress. As I was researching blogs, I came across one person's interpretation of "civil discourse", and it read, "it means not threatening people; not silencing people; not mistaking ad hominem attacks for “debate;” giving people the benefit of the doubt if they haven’t been behaving like overgrown 2-year-olds; and remembering, first and foremost, that behind the words on the screen is a person with feelings".
I also believe that many of the local message boards have become stomping grounds for individuals with a hidden agenda. I have seen many attacks, accusations, threats, and some very punishing comments made. This serves no good purpose. I would like this blog to be a free exchange of ideas, discussion of news events, and maybe some humor mixed in.
I have no financial interest, political interest or interest of any other kind in the success or failure of this blog. I simply would like the people of this county to have a forum that is not dictated by the interests of a newspaper group, a radio station, or the hidden agenda of any persons or groups.
With that, I shall make the first post in the history if the Niagara Times blog, I hope you enjoy visiting the site.