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Signal posters are a good measure of message

Posted: July 26, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 26, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Lois Eisenberg’s letter to the editor of July 15, "Decorum is best in posing as in life," may have some reading wondering exactly what she is talking about.

Most readers may not even know about posters. They and their comments — blogs, if you will — are not seen on the pages of the paper but appear only on the Internet pages of The Signal.

It is these bloggers that Lois is concerned with, and it is these same bloggers whom Betty Arenson was speaking of in her letter of July 5, "Pay no attention to the little man behind the pseudonym."

Eisenberg wants the bloggers to be more civil, while Arenson considers them cowards because they do not use their names.

She believes they should just be ignored.

It would be nice if all bloggers were a bit more polite, and perhaps some should be ignored, not for the use of a pseudonym but rather for inappropriate or unfounded comments.

Nevertheless, as a frequent contributor to The Signal’s "Letters to the Editor," I would like to point out that these bloggers serve an important function.

Sometimes I write letters merely in the hopes of giving Signal readers a laugh or a chuckle, but I often write letters to make readers aware of conditions that they may have missed and I often write about issues and try to persuade readers to take my position on issues.

The bloggers are my gauge to judge the effectiveness of my letters.

If I get a lot of comments, I feel my letter was probably well read. Few comments — probably not.

One interesting thing I note is that the bloggers seem to be more interested in conversing among themselves than in actually being heard on an issue. I wonder why they never take the time to actually write a letter to the editor.

There is no question that they have strong opinions, and it seems strange that they are unwilling to share them.


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