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Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Your anonymous comments

Brookfieldnow changed its software while I was enjoying myself at the geysers in Yellowstone. Not only do the postings look different, but now you are able to submit your comments too. To be honest, I have mixed feelings about this new feature.

It is good to get other people's perspectives on things; often one good idea will lead to another. I have enjoyed hearing from many of you over the years.

What I do not like is someone hiding behind a made up nick-name and bringing up ideas so ridiculous they are not worthy of comment or the web space they are printed on.

I have always believed that if you have something to say, you say it. You don't hide behind an alter-ego. This is one reason I don't do chat or use that Townsquare format-plus it is a nightmare to navigate through. I like to know who I am talking to and have no problem with them knowing who I am.

I am however sympathetic to the person who for fear of reprisal from an employer or repercussion to their children desires confidentiality. And so I offered the opportunity to submit a comment to my blogs either via a direct email to me (and I maintain your anonymity--if desired) or through the blogspot anonymous comment feature that appears at the end of most of my postings.

The concept of anonymity must trouble some, because I recently received another inquiry about it. This person submitted their comment through the link at the bottom of my posting. It reads:

"On 8/18/07, Anonymous <noreply-comment@blogger.com>wrote: Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Anonymous comments":

Cindy said in one of her responses: ‘Just remember that you aren't as anonymous as you think.' Is this true? Do you know who I am even though you ask for anonymous cmments?"

I will answer this person with a quote from an April blog of mine.

"Someone sent this [another anonymous inquiry] comment to me after the April 3rd vote, anonymously. When you send things to me anonymously, it is totally anonymous. I have no way to track it or figure out who sent it or reply to it directly. (Total anonymity has been an area of concern for some.) The trouble is: if I have a question about your comment, I have no way to ask for clarification. But the format is what it is; and this is the comment as sent."

The only thing I know about the Aug. 18th writer is that they forgot to use spell check. (It happens to us all!)

Somewhere, out in Google's blogspot cyberspace though, there is a way to track this person's comment. Their IT guys know how to do it, but I do not.

I cannot speak for the anonymity of the Communitynow blogger format though. There is a sign in process and it is under local control.

Since the new software change, I have not been able to post my own blogs, which has led to delayed postings. There is some glitch that we are trying to work out.

I have requested that the comments be turned off so that I can look at them first. My regular YOU WANT TO CONTACT ME ANONYMOUSLY? will work as usual or you can contact me at practicallyspeaking@gmail.com.

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