Healing Central’s Divide

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By Dave Freneaux
The 2010 elections in Central gave birth to an unofficial "divide" between two small but vocal groups.  While the division has been most publicly apparent over controversial City Council and School Board issues, Facebook has been the battleground for the vast majority of the heated debate.  Facebook is an internet-based social network allowing every individual to post comments on forums for all to read.
Inasmuch as Facebook discussions have tended to further the arguments, this week it appears that the social network can also be a part of the solution.  CentralSpeakYourMind is a Facebook Page where many discuss politics and current events in Central.  The moderator of the page has begun a discussion by asking the question "How do we heal the divide in Central?"  Many interesting and well-considered comments follow, and the discussion will likely continue.  Efforts such as this, to find agreement rather than magnify differences, are a great reminder of the potential the City of Central has to accomplish great things when the people work together.


  1. Ray Ashford

    January 21, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I will preface my comments by saying, I have never used facebook to network or post comments, but do read pages for information.
    Dave, if there is an unofficial “divide” between two small vocal groups in this city, wouldn’t it make sense to post the site of the “opposing” viewpoint if the intention is to bring some sort healing between the groups? A person that views the site (CSYM) for the first time, will not only see the “How do we heal the divide in Central” question, but also all the other topics and comments from months past, some of which contain discussions with comments that were deleted or removed.
    For reasons of fairness, Non Censored City of Central Facebook, can also be viewed for opinions about whats going on in the city.
    To anyone reading the two FB pages for the first time, be prepared for some rhetoric, spin, and emotional outbursts. It can get nasty at times. But, you can also get a grasp of what causes the divide and information on both sides of an issue. Maybe I should start a FB page named, Central- “On The Fence”.

    • dave

      January 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      I appreciate your take on this. My only difference is that I saw a constructive post and many “healing” comments made on the CentralSpeakYourMind facebook page, and I was encouraged. The comments were from both “sides”, which was also refreshing. The short article was not intended to promote one page over another, but to call attention to an incident where both “sides” were having fruitful discussion geared toward healing this divide. That is the only place I have seen a ciscussion of that length on that issue participated in by both “sides” with such civility.

  2. Ray

    January 22, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Hopefully constructive posts,encouraged,fruitful discussion, and civility will be ways these sites are defined in the future. Thanks for your efforts in helping to promote courteous debate.

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