The City of Troy, New York, "Where Henry Hudson Turned Around."

Friday, May 13, 2005


No news stories today. We're taking a break as we are not in a decapitating mood.

First, we are pleased to announce that The Troy Polloi now receives, on average, over 100 visitors a day. That's 100+ Monday through Friday and about half that on Saturday and Sunday. Thanks to all who read, even those who disagree with what we write. Open and honest debate is as American as Uncle Sam.

We also want to thank those that take the time to comment. Again, disagreements are fine. However, we hope that any personal attacks cease. Calling someone a toadie, spineless, Republican or Conservative is hitting below the belt. We want people to feel comfortable when they comment and not have to worry about immature behavior (we reserve the right to all immature behavior). A mild, good natured tweak is fine. Nastiness will not be tolerated.

We believe that some good, honest discourse can be found in the comments. There's no reason why reasonable people can't differ in their opinions and remain courteous. The ugliness that infects politics at all levels really needs to end.

You might be saying, "But Democratus, aren't you guilty of the same things?" Our answer is, "Yes. But we are arbitrary and capricious."

Enough scolding, it really doesn't suit us.

There are some things we'd like to do as the election draws near. First, we encourage anyone to write us with tips, thoughts or suggestions at

We'd also like to start a "Letters to the Editor" day, where we'll publish your letters and comments. All e-mail addresses will be kept in the strictest of confidence.

Next, we will be doing interviews. If you'd like to be interviewed and are a public official, an elected official, a candidate for office, a party official or connected with any campaign, let us know and we'll set something up.

Finally, as the election draws near, we will invite any and all candidates to do a guest post. They can e-mail the post and we will publish it, unedited.

That's where we'd like to take The Troy Polloi. Maybe it'll work, maybe not. We'll see. Thanks again for reading. And hey, lets be careful out there.

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