The visit to local blogger Clay Bowler could have a chilling effect on local debate at a time when more talk -- civil talk -- is what we need.
(Greene County Sheriff Jim) Arnott was doing his job in discussing security concerns with staff members for newly elected U.S. Rep. Billy Long.
But based on the information available, it's difficult to see how Bowler could be seen as a threat.
Yes, Bowler has been a thorn in Long's side throughout the campaign, through his "Long is Wrong" blog (now inactive), and through other blogs and online media. And Bowler aggressively pursued Long to ask questions that Bowler and others believed Long was dodging.