When a person requests for a letter to the editor be printed in the Mountain Democrat, the person’s name is printed along with the letter. I believe this is a good policy. But unfortunately, when the same letter is posted on the Mountain Democrat Website, the anonymous comments come out.
Usually many of the anonymous comments are slanderous against the letter writer because it is easy to attack someone when hiding behind a pseudonym. Although sometimes entertaining, these anonymous posters make a mockery of what could be an excellent platform for dialogue and discourse.
My thought is most people who have the fortitude and integrity to post their real name and state their opinion will not do so because of reprisals from these anonymous posters. So what occurs on the Mountain Democrat’s Website is the same 10 anonymous people throwing verbal grenades at the other 10 anonymous people.
I believe that if the Mountain Democrat required your real name to be attributed to your post, this forum could be a great asset to the community for people to discuss different opinions in a cordial manner.
Now, it is just a mud-slinging fest with no consequence for what is said. Mountain Democrat, bring your Website out of the gutter and require people to post their names.
Signed, Anonymous in Camino (just kidding).