About the Buzz

The LongmeadowBuzz blog was created about 3½ years ago as an alternative to many of the current venues for discussion of local topics and issues such as “Letters to the Editor” in the Republican/ Reminder/ Longmeadow News and the Mass Live- Longmeadow forum.  As someone who occasionally visits the Mass Live forum I can tell you that it doesn't serve town residents very well and in fact, a large portion of the dialog that takes place does not reflect very well on the town of Longmeadow or its residents. Much of the content posted on the MassLive forum is either misleading or outright mistruths.

There are numerous local issues, many of which do not get adequate airing by the local media.  Sometimes erroneous information is published in the newspaper in the form of a “letter to the editor” or a reported story and people’s views are directly influenced by it.  

LongmeadowBuzz is not a forum for debate of state or national politics- there are many other means for this type of discussion.

LongmeadowBuzz is a moderated forum with contributing participants being respected members of our community including both town residents as well as school, business and government officials.  This forum allows only approved contributors to initiate new subjects (without moderation) and each contributor will be asked to post under their real name.  Most of us understand what is acceptable content for posting on this type of forum and abuses will not be tolerated.

Anonymous comments to new subjects are allowed but all comments will be moderated meaning that no comment will be posted without first being reviewed. This guideline is not directed at censorship but is an attempt to filter out the irrelevant and obnoxious comments that do not provide any useful purpose.

The LongmeadowBuzz blog is akin to a web based letters to the editor but providing much greater capability than a newspaper.  It allows for faster interactions and provides opportunities to add information through many media types including photos, audio and video.  I also allows for editing if information is found to be incorrect.

This blog is also not designed to be "one man's opinion" and I encourage concerned citizens of Longmeadow to become involved with what is happening in our town.

Before deciding whether or not to participate, check out LongmeadowBuzz for what has already been posted so you will be able to see the type of format.

If you are a Longmeadow resident or town employee and you decide that you are interested in participating, please send an email to longmeadowbuzz@comcast.net with your name and email address and an invitation will be sent to you.

Jim Moran
LongmeadowBuzz