TMM Bloggers: A Housekeeping Note... : Tell Me More So, what's up with everybody sending me all these personal e-mails and nobody wanting to comment on the blog? I thought the whole point of a blog was so we could all talk to EACH OTHER — not just me. Right? Of course, I love to hear from everybo
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TMM Bloggers: A Housekeeping Note...

So, what's up with everybody sending me all these personal e-mails and nobody wanting to comment on the blog? I thought the whole point of a blog was so we could all talk to EACH OTHER -- not just me. Right? Of course, I love to hear from everybody, even you feisty ones, but I am intrigued by the fact that many of you are opting out of posting your comments so that everyone can read them and sending them to us directly. It's not a judgment on you, just a question. Many of you have sent us some very provocative, important and incisive comments on issues we're talking about.

Remember, we don't require you to post your real name, but we do like to know what it is...and if you ever go on the air with us we have to know what it is. But, you can choose not to post it. You can be Henrietta, from Miami or Carlos, from Green Bay, Wisconsin. No pressure, just a thought...and a question.

We want to keep Tell Me More -- and all our NPR blogs, frankly -- a civil and safe place to have conversations. If there's something going on that makes you feel you can't have that, we want to know. And, yes, sometimes there's a conflict between frankness and civility, but I think the cure for that is simple: Think before you write (or before you hit the button to "post" anyway). I think you can say just about anything you need to say if you say it carefully.

So that's that.

Today, Elvira Arellano. Here's a story that's been huge for some people. I bet some of you know everything about it and others of you are saying, "who?," "huh?"

In short, she's from Mexico, and was in the U.S. illegally. She went to a church in Chicago and, literally, stayed there to avoid deportation. Her son is 8 years old and American-born. So, she decided to leave the church one day and was deported. Pronto.

What do you think? Media manipulator?
Rosa parks for our time? Does it change anything for you about our immigration debate?
Do. Tell. Us. More

And, we're going to do women's health next week. We're pushing off Eldercare for a couple of weeks because we want to get more comments from you...and do more reporting.