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Scott Wedel - You write "The bigger issue was the paper failed to have any sort of understandable or consistent policy regarding what are acceptable comments from named or anonymous posters."
I would like to think that those who post on this website are adults who have at least a basic level of education and social training. It ought not to be necessary for the editors of this newspaper to spell out what is courteous and appropriate conversation, but having been on the receiving end of some insulting and patronising comments, I am disappointed that some people (both anonymous and named) seem to believe that good manners are a thing of the past and that bullying and demeaning others is the new normal.
Nevertheless, I do support the new policy of removing the anonymity provision and hope it will go some way towards improving the tone of these exchanges.
Fred, you talk about empathy as if it were a bad word. Empathy is at the heart of Christianity (at least the form of Christianity I know), the very religion that your friends on the right, including Ann Coulter, wear on their sleeve. That is where the hypocrisy lies!
Brent - In asking "How many contributors to these online forums are lost because of their distaste for anonymity and the sometimes vitriolic nature of online comments?" you have raised a key question. If the anonymity provision were removed and many anonymous contributors bowed out, I believe they would be replaced by many more contributors who are not afraid to reveal their identity and take ownership of their comments, and I feel certain this would elevate the tone of the conversations.
Yes, thank you, Ken for an excellent letter!
Mr Tai Chi and Sledneck - I am outraged by your demeaning comments about women in politics. Your characterisations of women on the left are offensive, and your focus on the women of the right as being "hot" is superficial and merely objectifies them, something that the feminist movement fought hard to change. There is still a serious under-representation of women in the political process in this so-called "advanced" country, and those who participate on either side of the political spectrum should be granted the courtesy of being evaluated on the basis of their ideas and the intellectual contribution they make, not for the "eye candy" they may or may not provide to a clearly troglodyte section of the population. What century is this? And aren't you the very people who would condemn Islam for its treatment of women? What hyprocrisy! It's easy to throw around these outrageous comments under the cover of anonymity, isn't it!
Thank you for your letter, Gary, and for bringing the Occupy Wall Street movement to Steamboat. All the best.
By the way, heboprotagonist, I agree with you that the Pilot should not publish poorly written letters just to include local opinion.
Continuing on from my point above, all those of you on the right have done is name-call, belittle and rant at the left, but just as I said before: where are YOUR intellectual giants? Where are YOUR solutions?
You accuse the left of hypocrisy, but what about the right which keeps pushing the American values and patriotism card, yet demonstrates divisiveness, a total lack of compassion and a willingness to throw the country away in the name of furthering their own agenda for power.
Mr MacNeill, you write "OUR opposition" and "WE should be thankful". Who are "we"? Who do you represent? And what would YOU or the group you represent do to address this "debacle"? Don't be so presumptuous as to assume that the readers of your letter share your point of view or count themselves among the "WE" you refer to!
The left, Paul Krugman and the current administration whom you write about in such pejorative, yet very UNspecific terms, are not MY opposition. How do you think they are "lightweights"? Paul Krugman is a Nobel Prize winner in Economics. Who are the intellectual "heavyweights" on YOUR side?
Thank you, Cindy, for your thoughtful commentary, and thank you Melanie and housepoor for correcting those who continue to defend the Bush administration and place the full blame for the national debt on President Obama.
I got onto Congressman Tipton's website around noon on Tuesday, and by then I had no trouble submitting a comment. Whether it will be heeded or not is another matter.
Getting back to one of the original questions in your commentary, I definitely believe that the Republicans are maintaining the impasse to force a default and thereby have the economy fail. Perhaps they think that strategy will allow them to ride in like knights in shining armour and win the next election, but I am hopeful that the majority of the population will see their hypocrisy and ensure their defeat. It's ironic that they are the party who bleat the loudest about patriotism, because their actions in recent weeks show a total lack of concern for their country. Patriotism is not just demonstrated by waving the flag, putting your hand on your heart during the national anthem and supporting the military. Now is a time when patriotism can be shown by a willingness to compromise and to support the President's conciliatory plan.
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