AWCheney’s Forum On Immigration

Recent Commenters Should Be Aware…

There was a period of time recently when I was not checking the site on a daily basis. During two or three days of that period I was hit by an enormous amount of spam…pages and pages of it. Not having experienced that before, I thought I could go through it page by page and delete as I went…that was not the case. When I hit the “delete” after reviewing the first page, it ALL got deleted and I had no way of bringing it back.

I have, on occasion, successfully rescued legitimate comments from the spam filter and am very concerned that I may have deleted some when I hit that delete button. If your comment was, indeed, deleted I sincerely apologize and invite you to come back and repeat it or, at the very least, chastise me for my carelessness…I deserve it. It shouldn’t happen again as I have resolved to check my spam content on the minimum of a daily basis. Once a comment is approved, the spam filter “learns” and you should have no further problems.

Again, my sincerest apologies.

Anke Cheney

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September 10, 2008 3:21 am Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Open Discussion

I’ve put out a great deal of information over the past three weeks…and I’m having some computer difficulties again with my technical expert currently unavailable. It occurred to me that this might be a good time for readers to catch up on all this information (most of which ties together), and perhaps use it to do some of their own research, then come back here and do some brainstorming. Call it an open thread, open discussion, or whatever…it could prove interesting.

[UPDATE: I had intended to get a new post out today (actually, I should say “yesterday”), however, circumstances made that impossible. I hope to have one out, properly researched, by end of day (the 21st). This open discussion is definitely not getting a lot of interest, probably because everyone is looking for new information which takes a LOT of time to put together, so I also needed a break. By the way, if anyone has any suggestions for future posts I’m quite open to them.]

July 18, 2008 7:11 pm Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Entering The Fray…With Trepidation

Although I have been commenting fairly regularly on certain blogs for several years now, it had never occurred to me to take on the arduous, and very public, task myself. I don’t look upon myself as a particularly gifted writer (far from it) and I am most certainly not what you might call computer literate. I am also not usually a very impulsive person, yet I very impulsively decided to take this on at the spur of the moment.

I’ve been rather closely following the illegal alien debate for a while now, having what you might call a passionate interest given that I am myself an immigrant (legal) and naturalized citizen. I’ve noticed that the debate has been rapidly descending into what amounts to verbal fisticuffs on the existing blogs, often creating a hostile environment for the relative opposing viewpoint. Although I personally am very supportive of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors’ efforts to address the issue of illegal aliens, as well the “Rule of Law” Resolution, I also recognize that there are other reasonable viewpoints out there quite worthy of consideration and I’d like to have the opportunity to “hear” and debate them without fear of personal attack against either me OR those on the other side of the issue. I’m quite certain that there are MANY others, on all sides of the subject, who feel exactly the same way. Besides, this is such a multi-faceted issue that there really is no way that anyone can say with any certainty that they have the ultimate solution to the entire problem…THAT is just not reasonable.

That said, I hope that this will indeed become a forum for discussion and debate where ALL can come together with mutual courtesy and respect regardless of their viewpoint on this highly charged issue. The rules are clearly stated to the right, as are the consequences for violating those rules. I recommend that all read them first before commenting so that there is no misunderstanding. I hope also to eventually have guest contributors on all sides of the issue and, perhaps, one or two of them will remain to contribute on a regular basis. For myself, I intend to try and reserve my opinion for the comments area and post information on the issue(s) for debate without editorial.

This is all still a work in progress and definitely a learning experience for me. I trust that, as I grow in this experience, we can all grow in our understanding of this issue of such great concern to so many in our country. I happen to be a great believer in brainstorming.

Anke Cheney

June 27, 2008 1:51 pm Posted by | Uncategorized | 32 Comments