We believe it’s time to drop the anonymity on our Opinion page.
So, effective today, The Newnan Times-Herald is ending the Sound Offs.
Years ago, when we first began offering readers the opportunity to submit anonymous “vents,” we used a landline and an answering machine. The “world wide web” hadn’t caught on yet, and the idea was novel: call in, complain, get printed. Who knew, maybe it would change things.
Now, thanks to the internet, anyone has the opportunity to create an online persona to hide behind and share every possible thought that crosses their mind.
It’s good to have an outlet. Everyone should have an opportunity to be heard. In our community, there are many opportunities: City council meetings, county commission meetings, school board meetings, civic clubs, coffee gatherings, to name a few.
All involve live, personal interactions, which tend to promote more civil discussions. Hurling insults while hiding behind the internet does not.
The Times-Herald has a longstanding history of integrity. In the ongoing interest of transparency, we will continue to print letters to the editor that are signed by the author and have been verified by us – the same way we always have.
We encourage everyone to speak out on matters that concern them, and we will continue to publish the wide range of views shared by our readers.
In the meantime, we also encourage those who are dissatisfied to reach out and become involved in the community and take a hands-on approach to creating a solution.
Our Opinion page will continue to be a place to share differences of opinion from our readers, but by writing to us, hopefully contributors can be a part of the solution – not the problem.