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9/25/2012 9:43:00 AM
Fake IDs are for college kids; or, come on, use your real name

Ryan Williams
Managing Editor

When you visit us online at grandcanyonnews.com, appearing at the end of each article, there is an opportunity to leave comments. We encourage your comments, and post them as soon as we can. We love the growing number of comments our articles are receiving online lately.

However, if you have submitted comments, and they are not being posted, there is a reason - your comment was inappropriate. What constitutes an inappropriate comment? Comments containing slanderous statements about a particular individual, profanity of any type, name-calling and attacks against our staff or other commenters will not be tolerated.

While the Internet is full of interesting information and entertainment, it has created the ability to sound off on a variety of subjects fairly anonymously. The Internet makes it easier to say things that we would never say to someone's face. If you wouldn't say it in person, you shouldn't be typing it, either.

If you believe something strongly, post a comment on our site. But, consider using your real name. Why post under an assumed name or identity? It comes off sort of weak.

We recently deleted a comment from the site because it was written under someone else's name. That's not playing by the rules, is deceptive and seems like identity theft lite.

By all means, please keep the comments coming, even when you disagree with something you have read. All appropriate comments will be posted soon.

Respectful discussion around any subject creates more understanding and sometimes ends up helping those with opposing viewpoints find some common ground.

That is, if you really know who you're talking to.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: Curious George

Who is this Blasi I heard about? His name sure gets mentioned a lot on this site.

Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Article comment by: Eric Sorensen

I can tell you this. If I was ever on the council I wouldn't quit and run away scared!

Posted: Monday, October 1, 2012
Article comment by: Bob Blasi

Alias Eric, It has nothing to do with who my employer is. Itís called Intestinal fortitude and a code of conduct. Two things you and a few others obviously struggle to possess.

Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012
Article comment by: Eric Sorensen

Your not going to get many real names up here except for Blasi. He works for the fed so he's not subjected to the power struggle and corruption by STILO.

Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Article comment by: tom franklin

Ryan - it would be valuable if the Grand Canyon News would show a little more gumption in their coverage of the serious issues in Tusayan - instead of always being intimidated by the big companies up here....who are also advertisers.

Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Article comment by: Ryan Williams

Steve,being called a "buffoon" isn't all that nice and does illustrate one of my points - there are nice ways to debate an issue that don't involve name calling. The internet, because of its anonymous nature, I think makes people feel like name calling is OK. As far as knowing if someone is using someone else's name, we can't know that most of the time. But, we recently had someone contact the paper pointing out that there was a comment made using that person's name. Not OK. We took the comment down. Hope that clarifies the issue for you.

Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Article comment by: Keith Wilmot

The paper should but out of our comments.

Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Article comment by: Steve Endershot

I was called a "buffoon" recently. Was that considered appropriate? And, how would someone know what someone's name is? Are you making that call? Seems a little censored to me.

Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Article comment by: Ryan Williams, Grand Canyon Associate Editor

You're absolutely right. One must always be careful when expressing certain viewpoints. I think there are times to use anonymity wisely. But, when commenting devolves into bickering back and forth behind assumed identities, that just looks ugly. And using someone else's name is never the right way to go.

Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Article comment by: Ryan A quick point

Ryan you raise a good point about "being more open". However you have to keep in mind that many people in Tusayan are only 24 hrs away from losing their jobs and home if they iritate their employeers by taking certain positions in this hyper charged atmosphere.

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