On a post made earlier this week, an anonymous reader left a comment that I felt stepped over the line of propriety for the kind of discussion that I'd like for this blog; in addition, it had a quote in it that read like a Republican press release.
I asked the writer to provide the source for the quote, and advised that if he/she did not do so, I would take the comment down until one was provided.
Another reader was able to track down the source for me (something for which I am grateful!). While I still think that the content of the comment is questionable, the source doesn't appear to be Republican-related (though I reserve the right to investigate further).
As such, the comment will be left up; the only change is that I've turned off anonymous commenting.
Google user IDs are anonymous enough.
People should be willing to stand behind what they say here (cyber-ly speaking). While 'cpmaz' isn't my real name (sit down and take a deep breath - the shock will pass :) ), most of the local folks that I write about, including Harry Mitchell and his staff, know who I am. If I write something that they wish to discuss, they know how to contact me; if there is something I want to discuss with them, they're a phone call or email away.
Earlier this week (but after the post in question,) I spoke with Seth Scott, Congressman Mitchell's Communications Director. He explained Harry's reasons for his vote, and while I still strenuously disagree with that vote, I respect that he didn't try to evade the issue.
Bottom line - If they can stand behind such a widely-criticized vote, and I can publicly stand behind what I wrote about it, it's not unreasonable to expect something similar from commenters here.
If this change discourages any future commenters, that's unfortunate but necessary, I believe.
I also believe that this blog will be the better for it.
Thank you for your patience, and have a great weekend...