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  • ToniMarek 

    It goes without saying that I love this new idea. Then again, I am but one person.

    It is true, I am rarely seen as much as I was in past years at VicAd because it seems more often than not - there isn't a real discussion.

    It is mostly anonymous people insulting, being hateful, and downright disgusting with other people - because they can. No one knows who they are - so they have free rein to act in any manner they feel.

    It is those people who have ruined it for the small percentage of people that are anonymous for other reasons.

    Time will only tell how this will or won't impact VicAd online and the users of the website.

    As an aside: My 70something grandmother has a Facebook account. The new security features make it easier than ever to hid your account and what you want people to see. In fact, planning birthday's and other events is a lot easier on Facebook.

    Also - Facebook doesn't require anything of you except an email address. So this business of privacy and third parties collecting information is only what you make of it.

    Your birthday is public knowledge, so they aren't collecting anything that isn't already two mouse clicks away.

    When you sign up for a facebook, don't list where you went to school or where you have worked. It's that simple.

    In fact, my grandmother decided not to do that, and when she finally added her high school and previous workplaces, she connected with dear friends she thought had died or would never see or speak to again. She has even used Facebook to find a lost relative.

    While MySpace died, I don't think Facebook will ever go that route. Myspace allowed a lot of user input as far as HTML and usernames.

    Facebook wants a real name (none of those hard to read characters and jibberish) and everyone's page looks the same. Meaning, your computer doesn't crash every time you try to load someone's page.

    Anyway, that is my two cents and again - I am just one person.

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    Chris - I took a look at the AdvoSports site and I like it. I assumed that would be the overall look of it.

    I've read other online newspapers and some of them have implemented this as well. I love the feature, but it isn't a surprise as I have always been a proponent of this kind of commenting. If you can't say it with your real name on it, it probably shouldn't be said!

    PatB - I only infect the Democrats that haven't paid their dues! You slipped through my grips once again! :)

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    Love.

    My uncle in Nigeria contacted me a while back. I'm excited to tell you that he is rich and wants to send me millions of dollars. I never even knew I had an uncle in Nigeria! I can't explain how over the moon I was. Still am!

    I awaiting my money. Still...

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    I agree with Pilot and Sugar.

    The "old days" of VicAd blogging were great. There were no anonymous blogs and few anonymous comments. When the blogs were opened up, it was discouraging.

    Staff blogs bogged down reader blogs, there was no application system to verify real people (thus numerous blogs for one person), and the comments just got... meaner.

    Going back to school and life in general hindered my blogging, but honestly it wasn't just that.

    The free for all that ensued after opening up the blogs caused lots of problems, in my opinion. I've noticed that most of the original bloggers either left or slowed down their activity because of some of the problems.

    In all, these are my opinions. I enjoy some of the new bloggers and the staff blogs. It's no secret that I've always been a big advocate of blogs attached to real people. I've always felt that if what you've got to say is important and meaningful enough to be posted in a public place (such as a newspaper website)- then you should have no problem sticking your name on it.

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    There was a book written and a movie made called, "We Were Soldiers." It was the story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers who fought in it.

    Mr. Pena (one of the men featured in the ad) is from Port Lavaca and was actually the police chief there for some years. He still resides in Port Lavaca.

    I was there the day they filmed this ad and everyone on set was moved... some to tears... by Mr. Pena's story of that battle.

    I didn't get to Meet Mr. Reyes, so I am not sure of his background.

    This is a great video!

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    Laura was a gorgeous woman and friend. I'll miss her so much. My prayers go out to her family and her two small babies.

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    Sorry if I am coming into this late but - a virus? Covert?

    Have you used the internet - ever?

    If you are afraid of a simple script - then you should disconnect your internet and never log onto any website - ever again.

    As for banning him - then you would probably have to ban half of the users on this site that can google site counters and free java scripts.

    They are used - a lot - by a lot of people. Not to mention they are very simple and easy to use...

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    Aprill is an amazing writer. I'm glad she'll continue to write for the Advocate. I bet Boston will be a blast! Have fun Aprill and Ryan!

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