Jeremi Lashua, Burlington Free Press web guy, emailed me last night to let me know that the BFP has a new web forum set up on the whole Cashman thing. That should be great news to those of you who just can't say enough about the controversy. You can now go to the Burlington Free Press website and vote on whether you think Cashman's decision was appropriate. And you can leave comments about the decision on a web forum they're hosting. They had 6 comments up there last I checked, so get to it!
I think this is a great feature, and I hope they deploy it for other issues in the future. My only criticism is that you have to scroll down on the main page to find it. I thoug
UPDATE: And another thing, I just noticed this Election 2006 page on the BFP site. It links to their election 2006 coverage. I'm not really interested in the national stuff. Let's face it, they're mostly wire stories I can find laid out in a more appealing fashion on another news aggregator. But I like that they've got this local election news archive. I got a call a week ago from an editor of a local newspaper who was frantically trying to figure out how many terms Kevin Curley has served as a City Councilor in Burlington. That kind of information should be readily available somewhere in a local political info database. The BFP could fill that kind of niche by putting their public interest info online. Kudos to them for making this accessible.
Also, the page's banner, showing prominent Vermont politicos, could be used as a kind of quiz — name them all and win a prize! I wonder how many people could name them all? I know most of them, though I'm embarrased to admit that I can't quite place the guy next to Bernie. I think he's a Democrat, though. Is it Peter Welch? There's no answer key...