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Town Facebook Page


November 7, 2019

An article was published in the newspaper a couple weeks ago concerning a Town Facebook page. They haven’t come to a conclusion on the discussion yet. There are a lot of reasons why the issue hasn’t been determined yet, but the main reason is because there is already a Pine Bluffs Recreation Facebook page set up. This page announces events going on in the town, and isn’t usually used for announcing emergencies or things that the public needs to be aware of quickly. The council is talking about making a separate page for the Town of Pine Bluffs, specifically designed for getting information to the public.

Personally, I think a Facebook page for the town is a great idea. The high school has a Facebook page, and it comes in handy. The principal of the school, Todd Sweeter, is able to let the school know about upcoming events, changes to the regular school schedule, and overall news going on at the school. It’s a quick way to let people know what’s going on at the school, and it keeps parents involved in their kids’ lives. A Town Facebook page could work in a similar fashion. People who may not look to the newspaper for their first source of information (such as the younger generation) can simply go online to see what’s going on in the town.

I agree that it would be beneficial for the town to have its own Facebook page for many reasons. First of all, it would increase the speed at which news travels, in addition to all of the other means put into place. Second, it’s not a hassle to make a Facebook page. Setting up a town Facebook account is fairly quick and manageable for most people. And lastly, as councilwoman Janna Kestner said, a Facebook page could “provide a ‘permanent’ post, so to speak, that can be shared and referenced.” When we have access to technology that makes it possible to interconnect an entire community, I think we should definitely take advantage of it. The council is still working out the kinks, but I hope this discussion gets brought up again and that the council decides to make a Town Facebook account. Kestner said, “I believe that using a multitude of tools to inform our citizens cannot be harmful and will create a more informed community that feels connected to the town.”

Publishers note: This is a very nice editorial and the Post thanks Reagan Pachel for her well written opinion. The community will be happy to know that beginning the first of the year the Pine Bluffs Post, in conjunction with the Wyoming Press Association will make all legal notices available free and online. The Post will have a link to a statewide page posting all notices. Readers will be happy to know that this service will be provided by the newspaper as has been historically done. There will be no requirement for the town to take on any additional duties or purchase any additional services for the site.

Most importantly there will continue to be a hard copy, printed version available as well, which is more and more important in these days of online theft and hacking.


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