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This week's editorial

Editor Joan Ritchie's editorial from this week's issue of The Moose Jaw Express

There are some individuals online who choose to comment about everything and anything.  

As we are a publication that still believes that individuals have a right to voice their opinion, whether we agree with it or not, we allow comments online as well as letters to the editor that both serve the same purpose. 

The problem is, some individuals who only see and read what they want make random comments online that are hardly worth reading. For example: With all letters to the editor there is a disclaimer at the top; the opinion and context submitted is that of the sole individual. We allow these comments and whether we like the comments or not, or whether we believe what they say or not, we do not have the time to vet every piece of information therein regarding accurateness. 

They are the voice of the submitter.  

That is not hard to understand but these so-called people that feel the need to criticize the accuracy of those letters by comments online are in all intents and purposes wanting to rather bash our publications as publishing false information as well as blaming the publisher…

If we allow individuals like you to post whatever you want online, accurate or even untrue comments, we certainly have a right to post letters to the editor as the voice of the submitter. 

One thing that is different, though, is that individuals who post comments on our online daily do not put their contact information for verification of the said individual and many times do not use their full or real name. Their comments should probably be taken with a grain of salt as they may not even be legitimate people hiding behind a pen name. Whereas we at the MooseJawExpress/ ask our ‘letters to the editor’ contributors to submit their contact information for verification. At the very least, these individuals who submit these letters have the strength of character to put their phone number and address behind what they say.   

Very often, those who post nasty comments online are only a mouthpiece anyway and have very little skin to stand by what they say but we still allow those comments because we believe people have a right to freedom of speech. We do not believe in censorship and if we did, those individuals who make random comments would have to speak to their walls at home to listen rather than have an audience of readership through our publications.