Bruce Cuthbert has left a new comment on your post "He Is No Machiavellian Prince":
This comment/question is not directed
at any specific post on this blog but instead at the blog in general. I don't
read this blog often or any others. Mostly because this and many other blogs
allow insulting, uninformed and biased comments cloaked by the cowardly cover of
anonanymity. It is obvious that many comments come from representatives of the
same faction in town and are self serving. Which leads me to the point of my
posting. Why do you help in perpetuating this subterfuge by posting anonymous
comments. If people want to spout off and spread their propaganda why not force
them to acknowledge themselves instead of hiding behind anonanymity thereby
reducing this blog to a gossip column. Because everyone else does it doesn't
make it right. I have always considered you a woman of honourable morals, values
and principles. Allowing this to continue appears inconsistent with those
positive characteristics. I could care less whether you posted this or not but
would appreciate your rational in giving unidentified malcontents a forum. You
identify yourself in support of your positions why not make everyone? If they
don't believe in their opinions enough to put their name to it their postings
are of little to no value.
I agree that anonymousl comments may not have the same weight as those with a name attached.
I do not agree it is subterfuge.
There is an argument to be made for. gossip. It is an essential aspect of human discourse. It certainly cannot be argued that people don't do it.
I do encourage anonymous comments. If I insist on names, there is no means of forcing means of forcing the issue. .
I can think of many practical reason why a person would not want to reveal themselves.
But the most reasonabale is that most people do not choose to become bad friends because of a difference of opinion.
I think the advantages of anonymity .far outweighs the disadvantage.
Don't forget, most of the back and forth is about town politics. What is so sacred or righteous about that. We should engage freely..If the only way we can do it is under cover, well that's better than not doing it at all.
You are entitled to your opinion. Thank you for expressing it. Feel free not to log n. But you never know what you might be missing.
If you are attacked for being honest about where you stand. Someone else will no doubt defend you.
Several hundred people visit and view every day. Many have probably never commented. But for those who do, until social media came into our lives, they have never been so free.
I welcome them.And I welcome you not o read the blog if that is your preference
. But because it is ,don't mmake the assumption that's all there is..
Have a great evening. There are places in the world where the day is already over. and nowhere will it come again..