I've been disappointed in the recent breakdown of civility around here. Well, maybe it's not so recent. But lately, it seems to be getting a lot worse.
Look, politics is an emotional, dirty game. Tempers flare, passions run hot. And this is one of the few places online where you might encounter people with very, very different political philosophies than your own.
But that doesn't mean you have to hurl petty insults about a candidate, a cause, a party or another poster. That doesn't further your ideas: it just makes you look small.
One of the reasons I prefer to cover Connecticut instead of the national scene is because comparatively speaking, this is an island of sanity. I like to think that, despite our differences here, we can still get along and treat one another with dignity.
If we can't do that, then we're just making noise.
I won't ban people. I will delete racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise bigoted remarks. I will decide what those are.
And I'll ask you all now to try and remember that there is a big difference between debating and simply shouting.