A picture that was on this blog earlier this week went absolutely viral on the Daily Item Facebook page – making it possibly the most popular image yet on the page.
This is the photo:
Posted on 9/11, it got 430 likes and 74 shares. That’s pretty amazing for a small newspaper.
Other topics heating up on the page:
People in the Valley are talking about the coming 10-digit dialing. This was a surprise hit, garnering 60 comments. Here’s a sample: Christina Ayala “I don’t think it is that big of a deal, i have it stored in my phone book that way anyways, and when i taught my kids their phone number i always gave them the area code when teaching them, bc honestly if they got lost or kidnapped and used the phone who knows where they would be and if they would need it!”
Yesterday, I got to talk with some high school seniors about their memories of 9/11. They would have been in kindergarten, and therefore, among the youngest people to remember that day.
At home last night, I was talking with my sisters and mother about remembering things from that age.
My younger sister is the same age as the students I interviewed – but she doesn’t remember anything from 9/11. My older sister said she doesn’t remember much from kindergarten.
But then I got thinking and I can remember a couple of big events from that age.
I remember the 1992 presidential election and being upset when Bush Sr. wasn’t reelected. I stood in my mother’s room and remember watching the electoral tallies come in.
I also remember my backpack in kindergarten, it was Aladdin and had jewels on it. I also remember the nuns at my Catholic school making a big deal about the first time I wore my glasses to school in an effort to make me feel good about my new look. (Maybe that’s why I’ve never felt a desire to get rid of my glasses….hm….)
I really only have very vague memories of events before that year.
Anyway, do you remember kindergarten? What are your memories?
A lot of stuff has been heating up our Facebook page this week, here’s a peek at what’s been hot:
Syria has been the big news topic all week, and it was the most commented-on topic on our page. Here’s the most popular thought: Teresa Kovalick “Stay out of it…..stop trying to be the ‘savior’ to every country in the world. We need to take of our own country. Get jobs back in the US, help people get housing, take care of the children, elderly and disabled that are neglected here.”
The Bloom Fair lifting the firearms ban was also a big topic, probably the most divisive we had this week. Here’s out most popular thought there: Brach William “I am 100% for the right to carry (a big hunter and recreational shooter myself), but sorry to say, the Bloomsburg Fair, or any other fair for that matter, is NOT the place to have a gun. Some crazed nut job who gets angered over a game that they think was rigged or a person that butts in line could potentially pull the gun and end up injuring or killing someone. Congrats to those people who felt the need to make this a massive demonstration just to prove a ‘point.’ You have made me and a lot more people all the more hesitant to visit the fair this year.”
A squeaker topic, which garnered some interest was the photo of John McCain playing poker during the Syria hearings, with most people saying he was in the wrong. Here’s the photo:
Pennsylvania received a waiver for parts of No Child Left Behind, something that readers had lots of thoughts on, although most said the iniative was a failure. Here’s a peek at what they had to say: Brynne Clawser - ”Having graduated only 2 years ago, I feel that my hs education consisted of being taught only what would get me through the standardized testing. By the time teachers get through all that crap, theres no time to learn the things that are useful for college and life. No child left behind hasn’t done us any favors. ”
People were also VERY talkative about President Obama’s visit to Scranton – happening today. This post was the most talked about on our page this week. Most people either railed against Obama or decried the fact that the President should be given respect, if just for the office. Take a look: Tamara Fultz - “I wish I could go. Why wouldn’t one want to hear the president of the country you live in whether you agree with his politics or not? Isn’t that part of being an informed citizen? Truly evaluating someone based on what they actually say?”
There’s been a couple hot-button national issues on Facebook this week, and Daily Item readers were eager to put their two cents in.
But first, is a photo going viral:
More than 100 people liked this photo of Specialst Andy Split, of Mount Carmel, pets his Husky Zoey after returning from deployment in Kuwait on Tuesday morning in Lewisburg, taken by reporter Evamarie Socha:
Readers also had concerns about the U.S. getting involved in the rapidly deteriorating situation in Egypt. Said Christian Cochran: “Let’s focus on the splinters in our own country’s eyes before trying to pull splinters out of the eyes of others.”
Readers also expressed support for Eric Holder’s decision to cut down mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders: Chuck Barnhart: “Those mandatory sentencing laws were so unfair from the very beginning. I never thought that I would actually let this statement come from my lips , but I really do think that they should decriminalize so-called ‘whacky-weed.’ Fines and / or community service should be more the norm.”
In this new feature, I’d like to share some of the issues and articles that are blowing up the Daily Item’s Facebook page each week.
We get a lot of good interaction on the page, and I’d like to share with you some highlights for this, the week of July 28:
Gilberton Police Chief suspended: People are drawn to this story about a man who posted some violent Youtube videos, but said it’s all to showcase his love of the Constitution. One of the best comments came from Faith Buckles: “I think it’s unnerving that some one with that attitude toward people would be allowed to “serve and protect” them at all. Should have been fired.”
PennDOT spends $19,000 on bridge lines: People are also up in arms about the $19,000 buffer on the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge – many thought it would be a high divider, including Elizabeth Ann Garrison, who said: “It was a waste of time and money. They need to put a permanent barrier across the bridge.”
People also supported the large sentence given to Cleveland kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro, applauding the judge who gave him life in prison without parole plus 1,000 years
Rep. Lou Barletta said that he was certain the debate would be on in Pennsylvania.
And boy was he ever right.
Yesterday, the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of couples either wanting to get married in the Keystone state or wanting the state to recognize their marriages which were performed out of state. Reporter Rick Dandes localized it and took to Facebook to get some reader feedback.
The result: 71 comments.
So I think it’s safe to say that people are talking about it here in PA.
We’ll be keeping tabs on the lawsuit as it progresses – but one thing’s for sure.