Being faux-anonymous* would normally cause me to be silent but when I saw Mary Eaton’s comment on her post, I had to speak up.
I think that her main point is correct. A person needs to identify themselves before making a comment on the Daily News. I feel that would keep the bad behavior down to a minimum and be more instructive for fellow readers of the online edition.
It is really a case of common sense AND decency. It’s also a case that if you are going to make an opinion, give us reasons why we should agree with you. Don’t drivel on with raw emotion or personal attacks. Even when I name-call on my blog, I tightly define the meaning. When I take a stance, I give you facts and figures to support it.
I mean the worse thing I have ever seen was watching two or more talking heads on CNN or FOX shouting at each other. There is no edification for an onlooker to take from the conversation. The best thing to do is get the remote and change the channel. Every debate seen should be an opportunity for instruction to those who are onlookers. Anything else is a waste of time.
And contrary to some, you can post your opinions on my blog and you may have a position that is opposite of mine but I may post it but I’ll make the final decision if you are to be ‘aired’. Forget it if you are grandstanding, being abusive or wasting everyone’s time.
* A third of the city knows who I am. All you have to do is become involved in historic preservation and you will soon find out.