LETTER: Comments rape free speech

I think I'm as computer savvy as anyone, but I find the online newspaper enabling comments so freely and anonymously a sad reflectio
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

I think I'm as computer savvy as anyone, but I find the online newspaper enabling comments so freely and anonymously a sad reflection of the dumbing down of intelligence and caring. I'd read the paper but saw a headline that I'd had a few thoughts on and ventured to take a look at what some other readers thought.

I had to remind myself that this is a free speech country and "If you're offended you don't have to look." I decided free speech was being raped before my eyes. I have no idea if most of the people commenting are as dumb as they sound or are just mean and dissatisfied with life in general. I'd like to man the delete button at the Register for a week or two. I've written a couple letters to the editor that probably curled a few toes, but at least I signed my name.

I think it's a shame we are losing a time honored tradition of sitting down sometime during the day and reading the paper. The Who, What, When and Where that makes the world go round.

You hear editors ought not to input their personal views on news, but they get lots of points for signing their names to what they write. I like the idea of a grizzled old editor firing up the crew and spotlighting issues that might be hidden away. If they stoke the fires a little maybe we'll try to bring about a few changes.

The online comments section strikes me a little like asking a group of small children who threw the ball that broke the window. Nobody wants to own up, so you might take the ball and bat away. The Register might consider that; the mainly nasty back and forth is a poor reflection on our area. There is free speech, but with that there is the responsibility of common decency. My grandmother had many old sayings that covered these things. Lots of them came from the Bible -- and then there was always that bar of soap.

Kathleen Old

Berlin Heights