By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
Take, for instance, this question: "Do you agree that teaching our children to read and increasing literacy rates should be a national priority?" Well, we thought about picking "no," but then we realized that someone needs to be able to read the special offers in those sex ads. While they're at it, the kids can read The Origin of Species or Silent Spring.
Or there's this one: "Should small businesses be encouraged to grow and hire more workers?" Of course. They should grow them in vats, using stem cells from discarded fetuses. Big yes there.
OK, so the questions were a tad leading. In fact, they led up to this: "Will you join the Republican National Committee by making a contribution today?" Buzz was encouraged to send at least $11 to cover the cost of "tabulating" the survey, or we could send no money and check a box that says, "No, I favor electing liberal Democrats over the next 10 years." Decisions, decisions...
Now that Buzz has had a few days to peruse the blog since its inception last Sunday, we can say we were right and wrong (as usual). The blog is indeed tedious, but not because of the opinions. The ed board members show a lively side in their debates, arguing from conservative (natch) and liberal (heavens!) sides on various topics. No, the problem is its gawd-awful design (note to DMN Web designers: There is freeware out there that you can use to design intuitive blogs...find it, please) and the fact that, unburdened from their tight word counts, the DMN bloggers go on and on and on. Something we at the Observer know absolutely nothing about.