Reader comments should be screened

August 29, 2012

While I understand that allowing comments on news articles is a way to engage readers and to stimulate thoughtful conversation on controversial topics, many of the comments I've read associated with articles in The Sun are irrelevant to the issues, offensive, provocative, and embarrassingly racist. I don't believe this adds to the readers' experience and it degrades the newspaper.

Reader input on editorials, health stories, or political issues, may add information and allow readers to express their viewpoints, but it should be moderated for relevance and civility. There is no reason to allow readers to comment on stories about crime, and the remarks placed on the story about the tragedy at Perry Hall High School today are ugly and hurtful and serve no purpose other than to wound those who are already suffering.

Dinah Miller, M.D., Baltimore

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