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Pulling My Hair Out

Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2007, at 3:03 PM

I've been reading the Fort Scott Tribune online stories lately and am appalled at some of the things I'm reading in the comments section. It doesn't seem to matter if the stories are about mini horses, sexual assault or the vote on an aquatic center - the same people post and their comments are generally similar to their posts on other stories throughout the site. Some of the people say they have inside information on EVERYTHING that goes on in Fort Scott. Others just bicker because they have a keyboard and a bad attitude.

I can't read through a large portion of the comments because of misspelling, poor punctuation, sentences that run on and on, and on top of all that, completely asinine remarks.

I haven't been posting much lately because of a lack of time. Maybe it's a good thing because if I had the amount of time to read them as I do today...I'd probably be pulling my hair out.

Just so that I don't contradict myself on the misspelling issue...I ran a spell check on what I wrote just to make the lives of those who read this just a bit easier. I suggest finding the spell check function on your computer and using it.


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I've been reading some of the blogs lately and it doesn't seem to matter what the subject matter is, it is always the the same people posting these blogs!

I can't read thru a large portion of the blogs because I get so bored I fall asleep at the computor. Sometimes I read them and they are so funny I laugh my toes off. Either way I end up with my elbow landing on the keyboard and knocking my computor offline.

I kinda like the pictures though.

I haven't been posting much lately either because of a lack of time. Maybe it's a good thing because if I had the amount of time to read them as I do today...I'd probably be even further behind in my work than I am now.

I spell check too. Misspelled words irritate me, especially when they are on the front page of our local newspaper. I am also following your lead and am writing more in the first person. I noticed in your blog that you used the I word eleven times, so I have endeavored to use the first person I word as much as I can.

I think I have used the I word about twenty times now, so I had better end this post, otherwise I could go on and on and on.

-- Posted by like2b_onree on Tue, Oct 23, 2007, at 11:05 PM

Kenny, if it were you in these predicaments you wouldn't be so quick to defend injustice. Grow up and wake up . You need to give up your holier than thou attitude. I have also seen many misspelled words in the Tribune.

-- Posted by forward on Wed, Oct 24, 2007, at 8:49 AM

Preach on, Kenny. You hit it exactly on the head. I agree with you 100 percent. Negativity has run rampant in society, and no town, large or small, is immune. I mean, look at the like2b_onree comment on here. This person, whoever it is, decided to sit down at a computer and pretty much mock and make fun of your blog. What good it did, who knows? I'm sure he feels much better about himself, which is great I suppose. Unfortunately the comments only make the responder seem more foolish and ignorant than before.

Frankly, I think you hit on a very relevant and important issue in society, and yet others still decide to dismiss it because you aren't "in these predicaments." As if your life is perfect and you don't face hardships.

Good for you, Kenny. Keep speakin' the truth. I'm behind ya.

-- Posted by The Union Forever on Wed, Oct 24, 2007, at 11:49 AM

union forever,

You letter reveals just how negative you are. Your post clearly projected your true nature.

I am really surprised that you are a writer and can't see the humor in my letter. I suppose if you were capable of deeper thought, or not bantering for a fight yourself, it would have been more obvious to you.

I know who Kenny is and actually like the guy. I think he is an awesome photographer too. In fact I pretty much like the entire staff of the Tribune. Even the staff that isn't paid to write are very nice people, and are very friendly when I show up to do business with them in person.

Only a sissy of a writer would use their editorial license to dish out criticism yet be so sensitive that they couldn't receive any in return.

A truly professional writer should be able to take a jab or two, especially when they are brave enough to dish it out.

Have I offended thee o Kenny?

Does Union Forever fight all your battles for you?

-- Posted by like2b_onree on Wed, Oct 24, 2007, at 2:02 PM

Negativity runs rampant around town. That is a big part of the problem in my opinion. Everybody knows somebody and of course what they say has to be true. People are not just pulled out of bed and charged with crimes. Something prompts allegations. It is easy to get emotionally charged with the topics of late.

I too, do not like to read something that my first grader could have done a better job on. I know in the internet/texting age, puntuation and proper grammar are not important, but it is hard to show intelligence on a subject without it.

It is a good thing to see people passionate about something. It is great to see a community able to interact on local issues. I don't want to come across better because I pride in well written material. That is just how I was taught. If you say it, say it properly. Always proofread before clicking the prompt!

-- Posted by staceya on Wed, Oct 24, 2007, at 2:38 PM

Negativity runs rampant around town. That is a big part of the problem in my opinion. Everybody knows somebody and of course what they say has to be true. People are not just pulled out of bed and charged with crimes. Something prompts allegations. It is easy to get emotionally charged with the topics of late.

I too, do not like to read something that my first grader could have done a better job on. I know in the internet/texting age, puntuation and proper grammar are not important, but it is hard to show intelligence on a subject without it.

It is a good thing to see people passionate about something. It is great to see a community able to interact on local issues. I don't want to come across better because I pride in well written material. That is just how I was taught. If you say it, say it properly. Always proofread before clicking the prompt!

-- Posted by staceya on Wed, Oct 24, 2007, at 2:38 PM

Negativity runs rampant around town. That is a big part of the problem in my opinion. Everybody knows somebody and of course what they say has to be true. People are not just pulled out of bed and charged with crimes. Something prompts allegations. It is easy to get emotionally charged with the topics of late.

I too, do not like to read something that my first grader could have done a better job on. I know in the internet/texting age, puntuation and proper grammar are not important, but it is hard to show intelligence on a subject without it.

It is a good thing to see people passionate about something. It is great to see a community able to interact on local issues. I don't want to come across better because I pride in well written material. That is just how I was taught. If you say it, say it properly. Always proofread before clicking the prompt!

-- Posted by staceya on Wed, Oct 24, 2007, at 2:39 PM

And figure out how to not post several times in a row!

-- Posted by staceya on Wed, Oct 24, 2007, at 2:40 PM

This response won't include any use of "I" since evidently it's not proper to use such language when writing about how one feels in his/her own blog.

The blogger wasn't in the slightest bit offended by your first post...a little annoyed but that is something he's grown accustomed to when reading responses on this glorious website.

The blog poster is now a tad bit offended by the comment made about Union Forever fighting his battles for him. The only reason the original writer hadn't responded was because he didn't have the time do so. Union Forever responded with how he felt and it is assumed that his intent was to back up his buddy, the original blogger. That was a nice gesture.

It's also a feeling of Mr. Felt that like2b_onree's first response was somewhat humorous...except the pointing out of the use of "I" repeatedly. Even that was acceptable...it went a little far in calling out the bloggerhood of the writer.

Side note: The writer of this blog does not write for the Fort Scott Tribune newspaper. Any misspelled words that appear in the newspaper are not his responsibility.

Signed,

I

-- Posted by kennyfelt on Wed, Oct 24, 2007, at 2:45 PM

That was funny! All those third person,second person, substitute persons,etc just cracked me up!

The bloggerhood of the writer....hmmmm.

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ps. There was no offense intended with my original reply. Can you say the same?

-- Posted by like2b_onree on Wed, Oct 24, 2007, at 4:06 PM

i would agree.

-- Posted by kennyfelt on Wed, Oct 24, 2007, at 4:28 PM

I have read all of the above comments and I am not sure if some of these people have open minds at all. What day and age are we really living in? There is some intelligence in the comments and there are some that I believe have issues when it comes to being called out. Like union forever, come on, were you throwing a fit or is that just your normal everyday personality?? Sounds like you got hit and didn't like it (proper punctuation and spelling) and in turn acted worse than my 8 year old when she doesn't get what she wants. As for Sir Kenny, what is your deal anyway?? Do you have any idea what some of these people go through on a daily basis knowing they are facing a life in prison for something they didn't do?? Well, duh, thats a big NOOO!! You sit at your little desk at the Tribune and act all high and mighty like your life is "perfect" with no problems. Union forever, no one's life is perfect and I don't believe I read where any of these comments insinuated they were. Do you have issues with your so called "perfect" life?? But in the end, no one really knows what it's like to live in these people's shoes for one day, let alone understand the impact of the charges they are facing. I agree with like2b_onree, this person has ruffled a few feathers by speaking what they see as the truth, with some comical humor which Kenny and union forever failed to see. If all of us "adults" could open our minds and eyes, we all might see that lives are being destroyed and not necessarily because allegations mean guilt. There are many innocent people in prison for crimes they did not commit. Watch CNN, MSNBC, Court TV, just because an allegation is being made and charges are filed does not mean that person is guilty. But then again in Fort Scott you are guilty until proven innocent. Isn't that right Ms. County Attorney............??

-- Posted by COMA_WHITEMB on Wed, Oct 24, 2007, at 6:57 PM

COMA, I whole-heartedly agree that there are allegations made that aren't true. I didn't take offense to like2b_onree's comments...except when asked if someone else fights my battles. I thought his first comment had its funny moments.

I simply can't believe that the county attorney is a person who picks and chooses sentences based on who a person is or how much money that person has. I'm not 100 % certain on how the legal system works but doesn't the judge decide the sentence? Doesn't the person's criminal past have something to do with the sentence? Like I said, prison sentences aren't my forte.

As far as sitting at a desk at the Tribune, it's been stated on more than one instance that I don't work at the Fort Scott Tribune. I don't write for the paper, nor do I have a desk at the establishment.

You are correct in assuming that I don't personally know what it's like to sit and wonder if I'll spend the rest of my life in prison. I do, however, have a bit more life experience than you might imagine. The cards dealt for myself as well as family members have not all been aces.

-- Posted by kennyfelt on Wed, Oct 24, 2007, at 7:54 PM

The Union Forever would like to point out that he does not write for the Fort Scott Tribune, either. I simply felt my boy was under attack and wanted to stick up for him.

And if people really think Kenny acts all high and mighty, they obviously have never met him. He's one of the nicest people I've ever known.

I still stand by my point, however, that negativity has run rampant in America. Nobody can deny that. We are falling apart as a people.

-- Posted by The Union Forever on Wed, Oct 24, 2007, at 8:44 PM

In response to your comment about never meeting Kenny, I have known this boy since he was a baby. I watched him grow up so yeah, I do know Kenny and I do realize his life has not all been a basket of roses. I just think at times we don't take the time to put ourselves in other's shoes and realize that someone else's life may be worse than we could ever imagine and we need to add empathy and sympathy in our everyday thinking and ways of life. If all of America could do that, life in the United States might be a little easier on everyone. We take for granted our small town living atmosphere and we don't realize that we only have a taste of tragedy and crisis. Kenny is a smart boy and he's always been pleasant and nice to all I have seen him associate with, I just think passing judgement is unfair when no one knows at all what other's may be dealing with. The mind is a funny thing to play with, and a life can be over in an instant. God is the only one that should pass the final judgement on all who does wrong on this earth. The ones that are guilty will face their maker and the ones that are innocent have a clear conscious. But we are just as guilty as the one that robs a convenient store by passing the wrong judgement to someone that has heinous allegations placed upon them by hearsay, not rock solid proof. Just a thought to pass the time, what would you do if it was you...??

-- Posted by COMA_WHITEMB on Wed, Oct 24, 2007, at 9:06 PM

Union Forever said;

"I still stand by my point, however, that negativity has run rampant in America. Nobody can deny that. We are falling apart as a people."

And just what are you doing in your life as a professional writer to bring about positive change? Certainly nothing in this community as you don't even live around here.

If your inciteful comments towards me both now and in the past(unprovoked by me) are an example I'd have to say on the rampant run toward negativity in America, you are leading the way.

So, Kenny is "your boy" huh? And you felt he was "under attack"?

-- Posted by like2b_onree on Wed, Oct 24, 2007, at 9:45 PM

Coma,

Your last post was very nice,tactful and to the point.

It would be my privilege to meet you in person someday.

Sincerely,

L2b

-- Posted by like2b_onree on Wed, Oct 24, 2007, at 9:50 PM

Well I certainly didn't expect a blaze of responses as this blog has received. I guess that's good and bad.

In my hopes to end it before it does get out of control I'd like to say thanks to Union Forever for standing up for his boy when he felt I was under attack; thanks to L2b for the fun pokes; and last of all, thanks to coma for the most recent of her posts. There are others who have posted but these three are the ones who have sort of put it all out there, if you will.

-- Posted by kennyfelt on Wed, Oct 24, 2007, at 10:12 PM

COMA... your last post. Very well done. Keep spittin' the truth.

-- Posted by The Union Forever on Thu, Oct 25, 2007, at 10:45 AM

What is going on here? Can't we all just get along???

-- Posted by Jason Silvers FST staff writer on Thu, Oct 25, 2007, at 10:47 AM

And like2b_onree.... Though I see your point, I like to believe I don't have an ounce of negativity in me.

Now, I would say I get very passionate and a little riled up sometimes...especially when I think someone is offending my loved ones and friends (although I accept my error in this case.)

I do apologize to anyone who feels I've come after them personally. I don't claim to know anything about anyone I've never met, so any personal attacks would be immature and naive on my part.

I just stand up for what I believe in and that is family and friends. My bad this time.

No hard feelings toward anyone. That's a promise.

-- Posted by The Union Forever on Thu, Oct 25, 2007, at 10:48 AM

Union,

Stating in public that you've made a mistake and apologizing for it?

That, my man, reveals a great depth of character few men possess!

Apology accepted!

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Jason Silvers,

The party's over pal, and the keg has gone dry, but what you said reminds me of what one of my brothers said, AFTER the fight was over.(guess which brother)

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Kenny,

The bloggerhood of the writer?

I'm still pondering the meaning of this.

-- Posted by like2b_onree on Thu, Oct 25, 2007, at 12:09 PM

L2B- Man, that's a tough one, but I'm gonna guess....Brian??

Please correct me if I'm wrong

-- Posted by Jason Silvers FST staff writer on Thu, Oct 25, 2007, at 12:22 PM

I guess what bothers me is when I log on to find several people criticizing the Tribune for misspelled words, erroneous statements, false news, etc., when many of these same people can't spell worth a darn, or put a logical sentence together for that matter. And it's acutally kind of sad.

As far as the news goes, what is printed comes from statements, quotes and information from major sources....they said it and it happened, and we print it. That's the newspaper's job. Plain and simple. We're not in the business of making things up and printing them, or printing our opinions or beliefs in news stories. That is illogical and unethical. We HAVE to be objective when covering and reporting local news, or writing feature stories for that matter.

Making up stuff for entertainment purposes, or to annoy or upset people might be the job of a major tabloid publication, but not a legitimate newspaper. (Not to be confused with sensationalism, which some news agencies practice by sometimes exaggerating or embellishing actual news stories to give them a more dramatic appeal.

Sorry to go off on a little tangent here but I figured this was as good a forum as any to post this response.

-- Posted by Jason Silvers FST staff writer on Thu, Oct 25, 2007, at 12:31 PM

What are you talking about Jason? I make stuff up all the time. Plus, up here in KC, there's plenty to sensationalize.

Just playin'..... you know that.

-- Posted by The Union Forever on Thu, Oct 25, 2007, at 2:19 PM

Jason,

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HA! It was a multiple choice question and each answer is correct!!!

-- Posted by like2b_onree on Thu, Oct 25, 2007, at 3:16 PM

Coma_whitemb (aka. misty bronson) you need to get a life and stop attacking Kenny. You don't have to take everything out on him because he defended Jason Silvers in his article on your brother Derek. He is guilty and you know it so stop pointing the fingure and get over it!

-- Posted by easy_2_embarrass on Sat, Oct 27, 2007, at 9:53 AM

whoa....no calling out names on here. geez. leave it alone. just stop. if coma wants to be named she'll announce who she is.

also, there haven't been any convictions in the case so until there are he's innocent. period. this site isn't here to judge or place an innocent/guilty plea on anyone accused of a crime. if that is your sole intent then dont post here.

-- Posted by kennyfelt on Sat, Oct 27, 2007, at 12:07 PM

easy- Plus, you need to be careful and think before posting. I did not even write the article in question. Make sure you have all the facts straight before you post.

-- Posted by Jason Silvers FST staff writer on Mon, Oct 29, 2007, at 9:09 AM

And the sign said the words of the prophets are written on a subway wall, and tenement halls....

-- Posted by The Union Forever on Tue, Oct 30, 2007, at 5:12 PM

to easy_2_embarrass...i don't know how big and bad you feel by calling out someone else's name on here but still hiding behind your screen name and also by saying you know Derek is guilty. If you weren't there, then you don't really know now do you? If you are so sure about what you say then leave your name.

-- Posted by Disappointed on Mon, Nov 5, 2007, at 1:42 PM

Josey Wales: Anyone gets hit, sing out. Slap iron to it. It's the fastest way to stop the bleeding.

-- Posted by like2b_onree on Tue, Nov 6, 2007, at 4:13 PM

easy_2_embarrass, your ignorance is showing!!

-- Posted by forward on Wed, Nov 14, 2007, at 9:46 AM

THIS IS MY FIRST TIME POSTING A COMMENT..AND FOR THE RECORD.I AM A BAD SPELLER(SORRY).BUT I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT DEREK IS SO NOT GUILTY,AND I TOO BELIEVE THAT IN BOURBON COUNTY KANSAS YOU ARE LOOKED AS GUILTY FIRST.JASON F.'S.GIRLFRIEND SHEENA,MADE THIS WHOLE THING UP ABOUT DEREK.SHE IS CRAZY AND A LIAR AND THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT AT TRIAL.SHE WANTED NICOLE AND DEREK OUT OF THEIR LIVES SO SHE DID THIS TO DEREK.SHE SHOULD HAVE TO TAKE A LIE D. TEST.DEREK HANG IN THERE..THIS WILL ALL GO AWAY AT COURT WHEN THEY PROVE SHE BRAIN WASHED THE LITTLE GIRL.

-- Posted by critterbug on Fri, Nov 16, 2007, at 7:27 PM

AFTER READING MY COMMENTS.I THINK MAYBE I SHOULD NOT HAVE SAID NAMES..I AM SORRY FOR THAT.IT IS JUST THAT I HAVE KNOWN DEREK FROM THE TIME HE WAS BORN AND AFTER READING PEOPLE TALKING BAD ABOUT HIM ON HERE IT REALLY UPSET ME.I JUST WISH THAT NOTHING COULD BE WRITTEN IN NEWSPAPERS ABOUT SOMEONE WHO IS ACCUSED OF OF SOMETHING UNTILL THE ARE PROVED GUILTY.I DID THAT IN MY LAST ARTICLE ON HERE,(AGAIN I AM SORRY)..SO MUCH DAMMAGE IS DONE WHEN YOUR NAME IS PUT IN THE PAPER,BEFORE THE TRIAL.PEOPLE WILL START TO JUDGE YOU.LONG BEFORE YOU EVER GO TO COURT.

-- Posted by critterbug on Fri, Nov 16, 2007, at 8:03 PM

Critterbug-- I agree with what you are saying. Derek hasn't even been in court and people already in this blog are saying he is guilty. This is proof that they read what is in the paper and believe it. The paper convicts you in the puplic's eye. The writers at the Tribune do not care who are hurt by their comments in the paper. They write what sells... But they get their information from the police department which is so amusing considering more than half of them are crooked. The police are no longer your friends. THAT SHOULD BE A HEADLINE IN THE PAPER!! I believe that the police department and the county attorney should be given on the spot U/A's and lie detector tests. It's too easy for them to lie and know there are no consequences. They can say anything and get away with it in bourbon county. And to the writers of the tribune, if your loved one was being used as a guinea pig for a custody battle "Derek", would you be so quick to get that article in the paper to ruin their name for a lifetime, guilty or not?

-- Posted by happy_camper on Sat, Nov 17, 2007, at 1:02 PM

In case you all haven't done so you should read the original blog.

Hint; It is at the top of the page, and it doesn't say ANYTHING about anyone in particular.

-- Posted by like2b_onree on Sat, Nov 17, 2007, at 2:07 PM

like2b_onree.Thank you for your comment.but there was a name used .Correct me if I am wrong.easy_2_embarrass wrote to Coma_Whiteemb that(Derek) was guilty and to get over it..that is what upset me so much..That is what I feel is so wrong with this country.People so quick to point their finger.When this young man is proven innocent,his good name has already went to dirt.

-- Posted by critterbug on Sun, Nov 18, 2007, at 8:00 AM

Since you asked me to correct you if you were wrong, I will do so.

The original blog, which was produced by a member of the FS Tribune is at the very beginning. There are no persons named or identified in that blog. In fact, his subject matter was how many people that post on here only want to complain,cause trouble and spread malicious gossip. I was the first person to respond to his blog and did so with the intent of trying inject a small bit of humor in a vain attempt to make the blog a little more lighthearted.

You can now see what it has been reduced to; slanderous comments,malicious gossip,hateful rhetoric,finger pointing and like he says, "completely assinine remarks".

Many of the posters here have completely and irrefutably proved the point of his blog.

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If I am wrong, then please correct ME!

-- Posted by like2b_onree on Sun, Nov 18, 2007, at 12:47 PM

Critterbug apologized for saying names onree. Easy to embarrass used names and caused her retaliation. Done and over with.

-- Posted by happy_camper on Sun, Nov 18, 2007, at 3:02 PM

I've got to chuckle when I get on here and read comments that support everything I've said....even when they are refuted to no end.

It doesn't matter what anyone said about someone else who said something about another person who put down their momma's daddy's best friend and their dog and neighbor....there doesn't have to be retaliation all the time. Constructive comments...please....negative comments about others...please leave them out.

-- Posted by kennyfelt on Sun, Nov 18, 2007, at 10:25 PM

POINT TAKEN KENNY.I WILL DO YOU A FAVOR BY NOT ENTERING YOUR BLOG AGAIN. I AM SORRY FOR ANYTHING I WROTE.I JUST GOT ON HERE ONE DAY FOR THE FIRST TIME AND SAW A COMMENT BY A PERSON SAYING A YOUNG MAN WAS "GUILTY" AND TO "GET OVER IT". IT UPSET ME AND I STARTED TYPING.MY TEMPER GOT THE BEST OF ME.

-- Posted by critterbug on Mon, Nov 19, 2007, at 7:06 AM


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