Social Media is supposed to be a fun place where people can go and keep up with friends, family and extended family, those people who you don’t see everyday. 

But for a long time now, social media has become a place where hatred seems to just boil over and people get attacked for no reason. With so much negativity going on in the world, why does it have to spread to sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter? People aren’t always going to like things what we write or publish in our newspaper. But why attack on social media, when it’s just as easy to reach out via phone and be respectful? 

I get it, everyone is expressing and exercising their right to free speech and they can say whatever they want on their own personal Facebook page, but it’s on a public page such as Lakeview Announcements, when someone says something that others don’t agree with. 

I see it all the time especially on Lakeview Announcements, where disagreement turns into a big argument, with people sitting back and taking shots at one another. The most recent argument that comes to mind was the decision to bring dancers to the Indian Village. I personally didn’t see a problem with it. Maybe it’s because where I’m from; there are exotic dancers at many bars and clubs nightly. I thought the public uproar was a little unnecessary and people bashing the Indian Village and anyone else who didn’t agree with their opinion. If you don’t like it, then don’t go it’s that simple. Even though I’m not from here, I’ve been here long enough to know that Lakeview does have a rich history, but just because a business does something you don’t like on one occasion, doesn’t mean you should stop supporting them. 

Times are tough, so sometimes businesses have to do whatever it takes, even if it means bringing in dancers for ONE night at a bar. As long as they’re following the laws, what difference does it make? 

I’ve been stopped numerous times in public and been messaged asking why we publish names of people that are on the most wanted or indicted on grand jury or in a police report. I’ll be honest, at first I didn’t know why we did either, but after doing some research all of that is public information. If you don’t want your name published in a police report, don’t do the crime. If you decide to get behind the wheel of a car when you’ve had six or seven shots of alcohol, not only are you putting yourself at risk, but also you’re putting the general public who is out on the road at risk. 

Don’t complain on Facebook when your name shows up, because you made a poor decision. 

Same thing goes with transporting drugs or meth, is it really worth it?  Don’t blame law enforcement for doing their jobs either. 

Why can’t we all just use social media with the original intent in mind? Keeping up with friends and family that we don’t see every day and sharing information. 

There’s nothing wrong with questioning someone on something, as long as it’s respectful. If you don’t like what someone posts, either unfriend them or scroll past and ignore it. People have enough to worry about in this day and age, they shouldn’t have to worry about being personally attacked for something they post or comment on social media.

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