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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The numbers were staggering

Monday, October 1, 2007

The other day, and for an unknown reason, I decided to print off an entire list of all the comments readers have left on The Brazil Times' website.

I unknowingly had just printed off more than 23 pages of comments.

Wow.

That's an impressive number in my opinion.

The irony is, most of those comments have come from two issues.

I'm certainly pleased to see all the passion the community has for these issues.

But sometimes, that passion can go overboard.

Still, it's truly wonderful to know that many people are keeping informed with what is going on in the community.

It's wonderful to know that many people have an opinion and they wish to express it.

A recent poll on the website asked readers if they planned on attending the Clay Community School renovation project meeting at North Clay Middle School, which took place Thursday, Sept. 27.

Few people voted on the poll. In fact, it was the first poll we had conducted that had less than 100 voters.

But, when Brazil Times staff reporter Melinda Quasius arrived at North Clay Thursday, the numbers were unbelievable.

When she came back to the office that evening, she explained to me that more than 50 people were at the meeting willing to express their opinion regarding the project.

But that didn't add up to the poll that was conducted, as some readers said they weren't interested or believed it would do no good to go to the meeting period.

Hmm.

More than 50 people showed up to a meeting that most said they weren't interested in attending.

More than 50 people were willing to express their opinion when many said they had no interest.

It's good to know that people in the community still have a passion for what is going on.

You should all be commended for that passion. It's some special.