Here's the scoop on a couple of items that got the Sachem community actively involved in our coverage. Click on the hyperlink to view the story again, and feel free to keep the comment chain going.
Last week we reported on the Occupy movement opening Occupy Storefront in Ronkonkoma. Later that week they joined in with other groups on Long Island to demonstrate in front of the Southampton estate of Julia and David Koch, supporters of GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. We asked if readers support the work of the occupy movement.
In a three-way question poll, 47% said they do not support their work, 39% said they do, and 12% said they agree in spirit, but feel it goes about things the wrong way.
Comments from the poll:
From J Mazza: "These OWS protests are funded by the progresive left . Does anyone know how a bunch of out of work losers can afford to rent a building and pay for all that goes into that ? FOLLOW THE MONEY, and find the truth."
From Jay Dawgz: "We are fully self supporting and have middle class jobs and would like the same for the local area."
Kerriann Flanagan Brosky wrote what would appear to be a fairly safe blog post about certain spots on Long Island known for paranormal activity. She listed some of the places, some of which are well embedded in our ghost mythology. The comment thread went wild, and a robust debated ensued about the existence of the afterlife. Skeptics and believers went head to head on this one.
From Joe Dowd: "Forgive this newsman (read: professional skeptic) for this but I don't believe in ghosts. Would you be willing to try to convince me? I mean, personally, on a tour? Because proof of a ghost would prove there is an afterlife, at least for some. That would be the story of the century."
From Yvonne Kleine: "Mr. Dowd, skepticism is a good thing, but I have to tell you. there really are ghosts, spirits or energies that survive after death. When I was a newlywed, I lived in a haunted house in South Carolina. It was brand new, and our "Dream House", but afterwards, we discovered it was built over an Indian burial ground and slave cemetery. The entire neighborhood had such disturbed energy you could feel it."
From mpin: "If there were such things as ghosts or if people could talk to the dead, there would be no unsolved murders."
From mary: "I absolutely believe in the spirit world. My sister passed away and I know that there are times when I feel her so strong. You are right, you just have to stay attuned to it and you can feel it. Thank you for such an interesting blog."