We’re calling a time-out. A hiatus in posting readers’ comments. Just so we can all catch our breath and start anew.
Readers’ comments are integral to the Independent. Over the years they have enlivened our stories, taken them to new places, and most importantly brought together people in conversation who would never have shared ideas otherwise. …But without civility, without respect, a free forum turns into a soul-destroying free-for-all. A few people can foul that forum. Lately it’s been far more than a few. And we’ve failed to prevent that from happening.
The news site’s “time-out” has Journal Register Co. group editor Matt DeRienzo asking: “How can the community be part of your journalism if you don’t even allow them to comment on what you do?”