The New York Times, the New York Post, the Wall St Journal, Newsday, and nearly every print media refuses to publish Letters to the Editors unless they can identify and confirm the identity of the writer. This is done for many reasons, but a few seem applicable to the Patch, as well.
1. Anonymous posters often feel free to make claims, disparaging comments, accusations, etc., to a far larger extent than they would if their identities were disclosed.
2. Often, two or more anonymous posters go back and forth, accusing each other, calling each other names, etc.
3. There is far too much unrelated comment made attached to articles or Blogs. While I fully believe that anyone and everyone is entitled to their opinion, and to express it openly, when someone posts under an alias or assumed name, it reminds me of the Old West, when mobs just strung someone up and hung them, often under disguise of masks or other devices.
4. Is there a way to control the polarizing tone of some of these posts? One can fully express his opinion without resorting to name calling.
5. Shouldn't anyone who feels strongly enough to take the time and effort to post a comment, have the courage of his convictions, and publicly take a stand?
I urge the Patch to adopt certain standards and seriously consider banning posts by anonymous posters. You wouldn't write an article without checking the sources, would you?
We must begin to return to civility and conversation instead of this bickering and polarization.