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No anonymous online comments
Recently in a newspaper’s comment section, references were made to Jesus Christ watching sex with Catholic girls. Catholic priests were mocked and identified for their same-gender sex with young men.
After it was mentioned that the comments were considered distasteful and hurtful, the comments were repeated. This was done from the side claiming to have tolerance on their side in the debate.
I appreciate the new guidelines for the rest of the papers in our county regarding online comments. The Herald in North Kitsap not only reports the news, it supports our community as well in regards to civility and accountability. Having commenters use their real names instead of hiding behind an anonymous name directly allows for healthier communities and, in my opinion, causes a greater concern for clarity and thought.
Concern for business owners having their opinions made known or even concern for personal retaliation are good examples of why anonymous comments are defended. However, when no concern allows for civility or the harassing of those who use their real names, a disservice has been done to the community. Especially when the editor goes on record defending the offensive comments.
Perhaps being concerned what others may think of you by what you say is a good thing, especially when it is hateful. It’s called accountability. Schools are already having their hands full with bullying. Glad to see some newspapers in our county are concerned about it in our community as well.