Dear EastCountyToday Readers:
Based on everything going on in this world, the time to become better has arrived. Going forward, as of January 11, 2021, ALL comments on this website will be approved before they appear under articles.
I would like to be clear; this is not about censorship nor limiting ideas. In fact, many comments will still be approved regardless of political ideology. In fact, many comments may be approved that you may or may not agree with or like. Heck, I personally may not agree with them. However, people are entitled to their opinions and own reality.
Other comments, for various reasons, may not get approved when they resort to simply attack, appear raciest, incite violence or just not appropriate. The goal with comments is to further discuss issues and ideas, not resort to fighting.
This morning, I have asked our audience on Facebook to tone down the rhetoric across the board and to raise the bar on discussion versus resorting to attacks. In the past, I admit there has been little to no moderating in an attempt to promote an open discussion and exchange ideas. Sometimes there has been great dialogue, others times its been a complete disaster.
I do not like babysitting comments and would like to think people on both sides of the aisle can be adults in their discussions and believes—that obviously is not occurring and I have to own how the site was handled previously but I believe we can and will be better going forward.
- Read an article
- Make a comment (if you choose)
- Comment sits until approved/rejected (will try to do this quickly)
- If approved, comment will be posted
I realize after last week; the world has become very polarized on both sides of the political aisle and there really is no winning. Being a local publication, however, I can at least control what comments appear on this website—social media is a bit more challenging.
I know some of you will roll your eyes with this policy, find it ironic and too little to late, but this is a start to hopefully greater community discussion and sharing of ideas. I ask that you at least give this policy a chance to work itself out.
Finally, I want to make it clear that I do not support nor encourage ANYONE to show up to councilmembers or any elected persons homes to intimidate them so I would hope that stops. Stick to comments at council meetings or do it politically through a recall/requesting censure or ask for resignations. A difference of opinion does not give you the right to intimidate. Just as free speech does not give you the right to intimidate or threaten.
Let today be the start of all of us being better. Yes, we will disagree at times, but lets agree to disagree on items and move onto the next for the good of the community, not political preferences.
I can be reached at anytime if you have questions,