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Marie Yurchuk Takes a Swipe at Crotonblog. We Respond

January 5, 2007

In a letter to the editor published in The Gazette on January 4, 2007, Ms. Marie Yurchuk expresses the hope that the Croton Democratic Committee website will no longer advise residents to seek information about the village from “a local internet chat-room” and cites a link on that site that “takes residents to this chat-room where Democratic officials post commentary and where misinformation and other strangeness are abundant.”

Ms. Yurchuk’s letter is itself so full of “misinformation and strangeness,” Crotonblog hardly knows where to begin. Crotonblog has visited the Croton Democratic website and can find no place on the Democratic site where such a link appears. After signed informational comments were posted by Democratic trustees on Crotonblog, Crotonblog specifically addressed e-mails to Messrs. Schmidt and Brennan inviting them to post similar comments and messages for the edification of residents. Twice Messrs. Schmidt and Brennan did not respond to these invitations.

In her letter, Ms. Yurchuk makes several references to Crotonblog as a chat-room. Ms. Yurchuk and other critics, including Maria Cudequest and Richard Pellicci, persist in mischaracterizing Crotonblog and making similar wild charges about the content of its postings. They need to come into the 21st century and familiarize themselves with blogging practices and with blogging’s vocabulary.

Crotonblog is not, we repeat, not a chat room. A chat room is, by definition, a site on the Internet where a number of users can communicate in real time. A blog, on the other hand, is an online chronological log that makes provision for readers to make online comments anonymously and outside the control of the blog operator. Like it or not, anonymity is a feature of the blogging universe

Because Ms. Yurchuk’s other charges are so wild and nonspecific, Crotonblog will not even dignify them with a defense or a rebuttal—except to say that Crotonblog cannot be held responsible for anonymous letters sent to political candidates through the mails. Many of the comments to which she takes exception were part of satirical postings, an accepted form of expression in political commentary and, incidentally, outside the reach of libel laws.

If Ms.Yurchuk’s letter is intended to be the Croton Republicans’ first salvo on behalf of Messrs. Schmidt and Brennan in the upcoming political campaign for mayor and trustee, Crotonblog respectfully suggests that next time the Republicans get a bigger gun than a peashooter.

On January 18, 2007 3:30 PM, PoliAnna said:

Speaking of the website, whatever happened to the Croton Republicans’ website? There used to be one but it appears to have vanished.

There is no link on to, although the reverse is true. Furthermore, I trust we can safely assume that if and when the Croton Republicans resurrect their website for the upcoming village campaign, will include their URL as a link.

On January 13, 2007 3:40 PM, weewill said:

There’s a great article in today’s Westchester section of the Times about the value of “community blogs.”

Perhaps Crotonblog editors might consider reporting on this excellent piece so that Mrs. Yurchuk and others might benefit from the education and thus broaden their limited horizons.

On January 9, 2007 2:31 PM, Mrs. Smith said:

That the whole premise of Mrs Yurchuk’s letter to the Gazette was based on a lie, should be no surprise to anyone who follows local politics. It is the way that a VERY SMALL group of Republican-affiliated citizens work, and usually, that one lie is followed by a resounding chorus of more of the same, louder and louder under the assumption that the more you say it the truer it must be. It is easy to see why Deb McCarthy was such a difficult trustee - the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

On January 6, 2007 5:01 PM, KWilly said:

I wouldnt be suprised if Maria II is a democrat who makes fun of Crotonblog to get the other people egged on, but is really doing this to make republicans look bad and does not believe any of this.

On January 6, 2007 2:00 PM, waffels said:

The blog editors response to Ms. Yurchuks letter should definitely be sent to the Gazette for all those who are intimidated by the words of this blog to see some very intelligent thoughts from the liberal-heathen-blog-king-democrat him/herself… Wonderful writing.

On January 6, 2007 10:15 AM, dors said:

The rehashing of statements by Ms. Yurchuk were as stale as last week’s bread but I do I love that Yurchuk, et. al., feel intimidated by the Crotonblog. They can call it a chat room if they choose. It just shows their ignorance and intolerance for differing opinion. They bore me but we’ve not heard the last of their tirades.

On January 6, 2007 8:52 AM, weewill said:

A question for Mrs. Yurchuk and some food for thought…

Why Is it o.k. to post, write, comment, satirize. ridicule, exaggerate and misrepresent facts in letters to the Gazette but not on the Crotonblog?


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