Here's the scoop on a couple items that got the Sachem community invested in our coverage. Click on the hyperlink to view the story again, and feel free to keep the comment chain going
Presidential Debate: Reader Feedback
Last night was the first of a series of debates between President Barack Obama and Republican Challenger Mitt Romney. The focus of the debate was domestic policy, from economic development to job creation. We asked for some flash impressions shortly after the debate:
From J Mazza: "I believe Romney knows what he is talking about when it comes to our economy vs. Obama fumbling for words. Romney was very confident, Obama not. The Democratic pundits sound bitter. That is not very becoming."
A similar comment thread carried over to our county-wide Flash Poll.
From JOE: "Romney was the same romney he has been . alot of " i want to create jobs and lower the deficit" without real specifics. He states that he wants to layoff government workers to make it smaller. Yes he would do that and it would look just like what Christie did in NJ and NJ now has an unemployment rate of 9.8%"
From Jaguar Guy: "Romeny covered the spread and won by 17 points and it is a total upset VICTORY. Boy, even Bill Maher said Obama need his teleprompter like a baby needs it's binky - wah !!!!"
From MSue: "On Style, Romney won. Of course, It is easy to "win" in a debate when you just spew lies and more lies. Obama needed to have a point-by-point rebuttal of Romney's statements and explain what he's done. Which is more than you think and more than anyone gives him credit for."
Talk Back: Is North-East Rivalry Good?
After last week's football game between Sachem North and Sachem East, a game in which North won by a score of 21-14, we decided to ask the community if they enjoy the developing rivalry between the two schools. One one hand, the school's narrative is that the community is "One Sachem," but on the playing fields and in the stands, it seems directly the opposite. So is the rivalry a good thing for the community?
In our poll, 50% said Yes, the rivalry is harmless fun, while 30% voted No, it's derisive. Another 20% said the rivalry only exists in football. Our commenters also chimed in on the debate:
From Yvonne Santiago Papaemanuel: "We should not play eachother!! I have seen some awful behavior from Adults as well as children. Especially Adults"
From Neil Heffernan: "As a Sachem grad and current Sachem resident I don't mind the split. I was one of 1350 students and competing for a place In sports was difficult. Having two programs gives more students an opportunity to participate. I know we all want banners hanging in the gym but it is nice to see "home grown" athletes from both sides of the tracks do well."
From Jen Jones: "Personally, I don't like it. We are one district, we should not be playing each other"