Since I started this blog more than four years ago, I have allowed readers to post comments and have removed only a few of them, these being for the most part for libelous content or for use of the type of language I do not want associated with this blog.
I have allowed readers to make all kinds of comments on my teaching ability (or lack thereof), my ability as a reporter (or lack thereof), and have even printed a large number of personal attacks from people, always anonymous, who would not dare make such comments if they had to make them in person.
Over the last few weeks, I have had a reader (perhaps more than one) who has taken this freedom to a gutter level, making continuous personal comments about me, many of which have been allowed to remain on the blog for hours since I am not checking it every minute of every day.
Because of this gutless coward, and others like him, I have finally been forced to take a course of action I had hoped to never take...no more comments will be added to this blog until I have approved of them.
This does not mean that the comments that make it through will be restricted to those which agree with what I have written. People who disagree with me will have their comments printed as long as they refrain from using obscenities or making libelous comments.
I am sure the person or persons who have been making these remarks over the past few weeks and their ilk will begin crying "censorship." They can cry all they want. This has nothing to do with censorship. No one is preventing these people from following my rules, and if they are not comfortable with those rules, there is no one stopping them from starting their own blogs and ripping into me every day if that is what they want to do. They can even do something novel and actually put their names on what they write.
I have worked hard to make this blog a daily stop for hundreds of people, most of whom, even those who vehemently disagree with me, would never dream of stooping to the reptilian level of this small group of anonymous cowards. I do not intend to let these people continue to ride on my coattails any longer.
I apologize for the inconvenience this will cause for many readers, most of whom have done nothing to merit this kind of treatment, but, as with most of things in life, it is always a few inconsiderate people who create problems for the rest of us.