No place for such behavior

I stuck my neck out when I started this blog. Like I said in the
beginning, perhaps I’ll get it all wrong. I’ve taken a breather,
because I’m regrouping.

By MaryHelen Swanson

I stuck my neck out when I started this blog. Like I said in the beginning, perhaps I’ll get it all wrong. I’ve taken a breather, because I’m regrouping.

I do understand that criticism is all a part of this new public journaling. You bare yourself to the masses, you have to be prepared to take the insults because you are not perfect.

But know that I make every attempt to distance this blog stuff from reporting and even my own Sunday Night column.

I am also seriously considering calling a halt to the comment section on our Web stories. We are not required to have them, in fact, we are not required to have a Web site. But we do to keep up with the world in the 21st century.

I do know that there are papers much bigger than the Post Review which have pulled their comment sections. I learned this at Minnesota Newspaper Association conferences where we have lengthy discussions on ethics in journalism, including the most recent online issues.

The reason I’m of a mind to cut the comments, is that they are getting out of control. Good, honest debate is healthy and acceptable. It’s a part of the freedoms that we enjoy in this country.

Name calling is childish and serves no purpose.

Do you have something to say? Fine, say it. But tossing out harsh accusations, belittling people, and trying your hardest to be mean is uncalled for.

If there are personal issues between some people, you must deal with them on your own and not use our comment section to fight your battles.

Here’s the thing … my two-year-old grandchildren don’t get away with name calling and mean-spirited behavior. Why would we accept that from adults?

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