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The Dam Insider is keeping an eye out for you, tracking the elected leaders of Beaver Dam, Dodge County, Wisconsin and beyond. Email your thoughts or tips. Emails may be published unless otherwise requested. Requests will be honored.

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Location: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, United States

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

We hardly knew thee

While it didn't last long, it certainly had an impact.
The time has come for me to write the final chapter in this blog's short history. About one year ago, after contemplating the idea for months, I sat down and registered this domain. I had no expectations. I wasn't sure if anyone outside my family would ever read what I had to share. As it went, the interest level among those whom I had never met rose well past the same from those with whom I have broken bread. Word of mouth is among the most cost-effective methods of advertising, and that's just how this forum gained the number of readers that it did. At its peak, more than 700 people were checking this website daily. I'm proud of that. Without a doubt, some of those readers were opposed to the theme of my messages, but without that opposition, this forum would have lost much of the fire and energy that made it such a compelling daily read.

I have never before responded to comments about the anonymity of my writing. This blog has never been about me. It has been about the issues facing the people of Beaver Dam, Dodge County and Wisconsin. Unquestionably I have colored the issues with my opinion. However, I am convinced that had these same issues been presented in a fair, unbiased manner, interest in, and interaction with, this blog would have been significantly hampered. Never did I censor anyone's comments or opinions - I simple gave the ball the push it needed to roll.
That said, I will now take a moment to make this blog about me. Azor is right, I have moved out of Beaver Dam and I am now paying dues to WEAC, the state teacher's union (However, I am paying a reduced amount after requesting that I receive a refund of the portion of my dues that apply to political lobbying efforts. That amounts to an overwhelming $19.95!). Yes, I am now a teacher. Everyday I enter the classroom with integrity. My political views are checked at the door. Unfortunately, I can not say the same for some other professional educators whom I have met or observed, whether in Beaver Dam or elsewhere, conservative or liberal, and that's too bad. Young minds are amazingly impressionable. Teachers are charged with, among other things, the duty to open those minds to discovery and understanding, not expose them to rhetoric. I take this duty very seriously. I am not the best teacher out there, but I believe I give about 100 students a day the opportunity to expand their minds, sharpen their tools of analysis, and develop their capability to understand the world that they will one day change.

What is the future of blogging in Beaver Dam and Dodge County? Simple. It's up to you. When I started this blog 12 months ago I had zero readers but a whole lot to say. In time the readership developed and that drove me to continue my work. Now that I am finished, who will take the torch? Will someone step up or will this forum slowly fade to black? Contact me if you are interested in taking the reigns of this site.
Liberal or conservative. Organized labor or independent. Politico or sideline observer. It matters not. What matters is that you have an opinion. Put it out there. Be consistent. Start the conversation.

And I thought happiness was Beaver Dam in my rear view mirror...

45 Comments:

Blogger JudgeJudy1 said...

am sorry to see that this blog might end. It gave people an opportunity to speak their minds, and whether or not we agreed with it or not, we could see how others felt about certain situations. Today, we must keep open minds and not have blinders on! Our society has changed so much over the past 20 years, and we are seeing problems that were so rare, you never heard about them. The governmental issues in the City and State are mind boggling, and some of the decisions our legislators and our own alderpersons are making really make you stop and wonder if they thinking of the best for the community or making a name for themselves.

As I have served the City of Beaver Dam for the past 13+ years in the capacity of Court Clerk and now Judge, I have seen lots of changes in City Hall. Some good, some bad, some just absolutely ridiculous. But my main function in my job and in my life was not to have my name in the headlines, but to work for the good of the community and what is best for our young persons so that they can go out into the work force and be good citizens.

You will be missed, Mr. Insider.

Wed Nov 08, 09:03:00 PM  
Blogger Azor said...

DI (or DO as the case may be), I have to strongly disagree with part of this statement:

"Teachers are charged with, among other things, the duty to open those minds to discovery and understanding, not expose them to rhetoric."

I told my A.P. Language and Composition students the first day of class that if it were up to me, I'd re-name the course "Intro to Rhetoric." I know the word has a negative connotation, but the actual meaning of the word is simply "the art of argument." Rhetoric can be good or bad. I think we should expose students to all kinds of rhetoric and help them acquire the ability to determine if the rhetoric they are hearing is good or bad.

Only 100 students? That's nothing! I've got 118.

Wed Nov 08, 09:08:00 PM  
Blogger Dam Insider said...

Azor,

Touche!

I should have been more specific by saying "my personal rhetoric."

Thanks for all you perspective over the months. Maybe more than anything else, it will be missed.

Wed Nov 08, 10:07:00 PM  
Blogger Dream Police said...

BDI, We thank you... Maybe see you again sometime... Remember, objects in the mirror are closer than they appear... Best of Luck...

The Dream Police

Fri Nov 10, 08:54:00 PM  
Blogger JimW said...

I live in the village of beaver dam and have concerns about our news media.

I think someone needs to check into the integrity of the news media in beaver dam. i've done a little research (the internet is a wonderful tool) and have found some interesting things about the backrounds of those that represent the "news" in our town.

do we do backround checks on our news people to ensure they are of the highest quality? i believe if pasts are checked (as well an eye kept out for present, illegal activities), those in charge in the media would find that they have less than honest people (as well as past criminals) working for them as their face to the people of beaver dam. a simple criminal backround check would do the trick to find out the caliber of people that are employed in the media. anyone can do one online for a small fee.

these people are doing a disservice to the people of beaver dam as well as the media outlet's service the city. how is it possible that the media in beaver dam can employ past criminals to report news? are we getting the real, true, unbiased story from criminals?

I am concerned that these "faces of the news" aren't what they appear to be.

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