I received some good tips on making the blog experience better. Some are technical, and I'll have to consult with smarter people. But the one I can do now is to organize debates with themed blog posts. Below you'll see Health Care Reform, Education and Global Warming. I can add other topics if those heat up (like the planet).
The purpose is to have the debates in one place, rather than across multiple threads. I can keep those threads front and center as long as they're still drawing comments.
Also, the Loose Threads will be named by date, rather than day of the week to avoid repetition (e.g., two "Monday Loose Threads".) I'll try to keep posting those, so that people can discuss items that don't fit the themed threads.
Thanks, gmorton, for the suggestions. Sure glad I didn't have to check with the government first.
If anyone else has ideas on topics or the blog itself, shoot me an email. It's email@example.com.