Comment Policy

We want this site to be a place where people can debate issues vigorously and remain respectful. The debate should be lively, and even pointed at times, but always civil.

Our guidelines:

  • No personal attacks. It is possible to disagree with another person without attacking him or her personally.
  • Address the issue. Rants or rambles off topic are not appreciated.
  • No pseudonyms. We ask that you stand by your comment with your full name, just like in a newspaper’s Letters to the Editor section.
  • Comments will be limited to 1,500 characters. If you’d like to discuss a topic at length, you may be a candidate for a post in our opinion section called Voices. Contact editor Jennifer Swindell at if you’d like to be considered for a guest columnist spot.

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