By Wendy Gierard
April 21, 2007
Dear Editor of Sitnews:
You may choose not to publish this, but based on the Sitnews
Viewpoint/Opinions' Basic Rules, I call into question a couple
of recent postings that are defamatory and very personal attacks
on individuals in our community: "Ketchikan School Board"
by Rick Krueger as well as "Honesty & Character"
by Al Johnson. Both of these letters make personal attacks on
people in "harassing, obscene and threatening" ways.
Basic Rules from your website state:
"Active debate and free
speech are encouraged, but remember you are a guest here, and
decorum and respectful conduct are not optional but expected.
Viewpoints is intended to be
a place where a respectful exchange of ideas and opinions takes
place. Sitnews encourages the expression of opinions in a responsible
and a civil manner.
Enjoy the debates and discussions
and lead by example in creating a civil environment of mutual
understanding and learning.
5. Comments that contain material
that is false and defamatory, abusive, harassing, obscene, profane,
sexually oriented, threatening, or illegal will not be published.
6. State your opinion rather
than resorting to personal attacks."
I would hope that you would
reconsider postings letters by individuals that are blatant personal
attacks. I've always appreciated Sitnews' Viewpoints as a place
for civil discourse and it saddens me that with Dick's passing,
so goes the civility and dignity that he brought to this website.
Received April 19, 2007 - Published April 21, 2007
About: "Concerned Citizen
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