Comments shouldn't be anonymous

I am very disappointed to see the approach the Norwalk Reflector has taken in what has generally been devoted to "Letters to the Editor." Your stated policy concerning letters to the editor states that all letters to the editor must be signed and include the writer's street address and telephone number. However, you are now printing comments that appear in the paper anonymously via e-mail to your Web site. I wonder how many of these unnecessary remarks would be made if the writers had to submit their names for publication and publicly stand behind their comments.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

 

I am very disappointed to see the approach the Norwalk Reflector has taken in what has generally been devoted to "Letters to the Editor."

Your stated policy concerning letters to the editor states that all letters to the editor must be signed and include the writer's street address and telephone number. However, you are now printing comments that appear in the paper anonymously via e-mail to your Web site. I wonder how many of these unnecessary remarks would be made if the writers had to submit their names for publication and publicly stand behind their comments.

To slam people anonymously in a public forum is a terrible display of cowardice. Most newspapers stopped allowing such attacks years ago. I hope the Norwalk Reflector will change the policy concerning these e-mail comments. We don't need any more examples of how merciless and mean people can be toward each other. Thank you for your consideration.

Susan Wiles

(not afraid to sign my name)

Willard

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anonymous gus (...

on a lighter note, wwII takes place this weekend and I heard it's gonna be a triple kegger.

Lori says... (A...

Nicely said, Susan! I'm on your side!

Ray (Anonymous)

Well said. I sent a letter to the publisher on the same topic. The prompt reply was that they intend to move to a registration-based system, one that requires valid contact information, in the near future. With their hoods removed and forced into the light of day, I suspect that much of the Norwalk lynch mob will assume a more moderate tone, or (more likely) go back to prank calls, toilet papering yards, and similar anonymous acts under cover of darkness.

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