A lot of you have been wondering what I would write at my 1,oooth post on this version of Cactus Thorns. This is not my first 1,000th and has got to be added to the 10s of thousands of posts I have done over the years at Vote 29. I must have posted a half a million opinions and articles since I began posting opinions in the early 1980s. Either that means I had a lot to say or I had and have an incurable case of motor mouth. I’m thinking the latter.
I’ve gone through scores of keyboards, dozens of desktop computers, and I am on my 3rd laptop since I started with my daily postings here. We have crashed the site more times than I can count. We have always been able to get the next addition of Cactus Thorns out on time.
The Blog /Webzine/ News Service was nothing more than a personal soap box until the readers started emailing me their thoughts and then I posted those thoughts. It wasn’t long before we became a place where anyone with a command of the “Desert English” could throw his or her two cents worth into Bubbling Cauldron of public opinion that we now all love.
I love what We are doing and with your help, we are making a difference. We are making the Local Media Establishment honest. With your continued postings and investigating the things that the paper or the radio station has refused to cover, we are informing the Basin in a way that has never been done before. Did you see the Hi-Desert Star? They wrote an article about Candidate expenditures. They would have never done that if it were not for Branson writing about it here first.
Today I am just one of the posters. I am not even the most important contributor of opinion. I’m the guy who makes sure the train leaves the station, that’s about all. The most important contributor to this site is you. You the gal or guy that gets a hair up their butt and is compelled to tell everyone about it. This is your soapbox.
Over the months since we have opened this site up to everyone with a keyboard, we have grown exponentially and in doing that, we now cover the whole Morongo Basin and beyond. We now reach the desks of those at the County Seat along with every municipal computer screen. Your opinions are being read. You are making people consider your ideas, and ponder solutions to the problems you have exposed.
So this the 1000th Post, I want to thank everyone one of you on both sides of the issues, for or against, Democrat or Republican, Off roader or Greenie, Politician or Gadfly.
I am most proud of the fact that Cactus Thorns has become a community effort in Citizen Journalism.
Hmmm…. What shall I write for 1001?