An unsure result in the war on terror. Fuel prices going through the roof. The mortgage industry in a state of … what? And the government is taking up valuable time banning incandescent light bulbs.
Well, here’s your chance to sound off on your government in action: WorldNetDaily’s newest Forum lets you tell Washington just what it should be doing.
Congress indeed has passed and President Bush has signed a bill banning the sale of such bulbs by 2012, despite evidence that the replacements contain mercury and could pose significant health risks, as well as increased expense.
“Do you agree with WND chief Joseph Farah that this is ‘one of the most blatantly unconstitutional and amazingly stupid congressional acts of my lifetime,’ or do you think phasing out Edison’s invention is a good way to save energy and reduce carbon emissions in the land?” is how the forum’s question is phrased.
Already, “maytag1” has raised a few concerns about the potential nationwide conversion to new bulbs:
“With the ban on incandescent bulbs, what should I use in closets and in the pantry, where the bulb is only on for a short time, which kills CFLs in short order?” “maytag1” asked. “What do I use in the refrigerator and freezer, where cold temperatures will prevent a CFL from lighting, but not stop the surge of power as the starter tries in vain to light it? What do I use in the oven, where the high heat will melt the plastic base of a CFL?
“This ban is short sighted and out of touch with reality.”
Continued the forum participant: “Don’t Congress got better things to do … how about helping us with the price of oil and gas? What about … jobs, helping the sick … illegals … Where can I get a job in Congress, doing nothing, getting the best of everything…”
Added “spaceman,” “The mercury light bulb is just one more crazy idea with will prove disastrous in the long run.”
And “Joy” said, “This is what we pay these people to do? I’d rather see them take a long vacation … like forever.”
Let the debate begin!
That’s where you can offer suggestions for the most under-reported stories of the year, a compilation WND has been assembling since 1997.
These are the stories that are ignored or glossed over by all but a few news agencies, stories that deserve far more attention than they are getting. One recent post there, by “erniedavidson,” had the makings of every editor’s dream: content, controversy and brevity. That posting? “Ron Paul.”
Also online at WND Forums:
- Chuck Norris Laughlines allows you to list your favorite jokes about the action star. Pull from the 50,000 or so floating around the Internet on hundreds of sites or create your own. Let’s just say we’re creating a vulgarity-free zone – all the “Chuck Norris Facts,” all in good taste.
- Then there is an old favorite for long-time WND fans – “Mr. President!” This is the only forum in the world where you get to pose questions to the most powerful man in the world and we actually ask them ? at least some of them. Come up with a good one for George Bush and you may hear it asked at the next press conference by our White House correspondent.
- Have you ever felt like you should be running WND? Are you a news junkie? Are you on top of breaking news? Well, now you can actually help us stay on top of it all by posting the hottest stories on the “You Be the News Editor” forum. You won’t just be informing those reading the forum, you may be informing WND editors who will check it along with their other stops on the Net. Who knows? This could be your big break into the news business.
- Then there’s BlogNetDaily. This one has been a long time coming. This is your place to sound off about what’s happening in the news. Care to comment on the big story of the day? Maybe you want to say something about your favorite – or least favorite – columnist. This is the place.
- Next is “Assignment Desk.” Not to be confused with “You Be the News Editor,” where you post breaking news first, this feature is where you post the assignments for the WND news team. We can’t promise we’ll get to them all. But, if we don’t, maybe some other enterprising news organization will. Is everybody missing the boat on some big story you know about? Let us know at “Assignment Desk.”
- Every news editor at WND will be grateful for your participating in “Your Best Poll Ideas.” It’s not easy coming up with an original poll question seven days a week. So we’re soliciting your help at this forum. Make sure you ask the question and provide a balanced set of answers if you want to see your poll on the front page.
- And there’s the WND Daily Poll. Sometimes you want to have your say, too. That’s the purpose of “Comment on Today’s Poll,” which is linked on every poll. First take the poll, then click on over to the forum.
One requirement of participation in these moderated polls is that you avoid any inappropriate language. ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX may not have standards, but WND does. If you wouldn’t want your 6-year-old daughter reading it, don’t bother writing it.
There also are forums called “Ask the Candidates,” where you can pose questions for presidential wannabes, the self-explanatory “Great Global Warming Debate,” and the Rick Warren debate.