Separated letters are an improvement

May 14, 2013 

I can't say that I've seen any previous letters commenting on the BND's revised format for letters to the editor on the BND web page and the means for leaving com-ments therein. At any rate, here is mine.

"Better late than never" was my first reaction. Separating each letter and its related comments from all others was an improvement beyond words. It made the readers read and consider each letter separately on its own merits rather than lumping them together to be blasted by zealot commenters as if they were squares on a turkey shoot target card.

Often, many of the zealots were reading little more of the letters than the author's name before unleashing their venomous tirades. It was no wonder that many of the groundless arguments that so often ensued prompted the closing of comments. But in the end, civility has, for practical purposes, been restored to the page. Kudos. Let's hope it stays that way.

Still, there are those holdovers who would stir mindless controversy for the sake of stirring mindless controversy. Rather than using their comments to highlight issues of moral right and wrong, they continue to promote and spread divisive partisanship and disunity. Some have even changed the screen names that they hide behind, but to no avail, as their writing styles give them away.

They very much remind me of a U.S. senator who recently filibustered his own legislation after realizing that the president supported it. It's reminiscent of a "Forrest Gump" line; "Stupid is as stupid does."

Richard Yesley

New Athens

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