Well, we are too.
To date, we have posted virtually every comment (we have only declined 3 or 4 so far) because we had hoped that this blog could be a civil means of dialogue between citizens in our community. Clearly it is not.
Unfortunately, allowing all posts has led to people focusing on disparaging comments about other posters whose opinions they didn’t agree with versus adding opinions and facts to the discussion. There has been a consistent theme of attaching other people’s opinions as opposed to issues — particularly from people unwilling to post their own names.
The recent list of posts in the post Open Invitation to Mayor Morris illustrates the point with crystal clarity. Most of the comments no longer even address the initial post. But it does say volumes about the different approaches to political commentary in our community.
The experiment failed. Going forward the moderators will no longer publish comments that do not speak to the initial subject. We will no longer publish posts that simply ridicule a previous post without any facts to support their position.
For all those anonymous posters who will immediately cry censorship — do so looking in the mirror, because your insults and complaints will no longer be published.
If you have a comment about the subject, feel free to speak anonymously. Add facts or personal opinions about the issue to the discussion. Going forward this is the new criteria for posting.
Simply put, if you add facts the posts will be posted. Test us — you will see all differing and opposing opinions get posted. You might be pleasantly surprised.
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