In any society, public discourse is unparrell. You would think that would be the rigor in a democratic society….. but surprisingly it is not.
Look at Mason City as an example of what was and is taking place across the country. Newsprint is not free, the same for ink, so limits must be imposed at some level on how much space will be allowed for public comment. However this reason was also used to take advantages of public discourse and stifle the voice of opposition that was contrary to the policy of the newspaper and their stockholders.
Here you are limited to 300 words and one submission every three weeks, plus the threat of editing your comment without asking you. This editing could with few changes alter the direction of your thoughts…it could gut your message entirely…or they could just totally ignore your letter without cause. So much for public discourse.
Across the country the Internet has changed all of that; there are now thousands of Websites and Blogs that offer free comment from A to Z. It is proven that more lies are printed on newsprint than anywhere else in printed form, and it is equally understandable that the same warning carries over to Internet news and comment. In other words, be aware and do your own research.