Good public discourse requires using real names

2013-05-26T00:05:00Z Good public discourse requires using real names
May 26, 2013 12:05 am

I read several newspapers online almost every day. Most of them allow  their online readers to comment on the stories.

This was a feature I used on occasion and read often. I am glad The Times turned off that feature.

It was abused badly by people who have nothing better to do with their time than to rail against elected officials or government programs, celebrities, etc. Many of them had obvious political agendas.

A newspaper "comments" feature should be a good tool for public discourse on many issues.

The Times should bring it back for readers using their real names.

- Jim Sweeney, Schererville

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