Like many others, I have purchased access to your online paper and website, as I am a loyal Telegram reader. I think the move to have consumers pay for online content is a good one, as there is obvious value to your product and related platforms.
In my daily reading of your online paper and my unofficial survey of comments, I have noticed a very positive spinoff to your payment policy. That positive spinoff is fewer comments from the nameless (or those who use pseudonyms) who will not publicly and openly stand behind their sometimes vicious, but cowardly, “commentary” on local issues or people. And that is a really good thing.
As someone who tossed his hat in the ring for election at the municipal level, I was disappointed by what some of the nameless, gutless wonders would say to and about me under the veil of cowardice and anonymity.
What will make your paper even more forward-looking and strong on analysis is if you can move to ensure that comments without a name that relates to a real person’s email address are not allowed on your site.
I’m all for free speech, but only from those who have the courage to stand behind their comments. Such a policy by you might help eliminate the Internet ranters, bullies and cowards — a good thing for free speech and open, civil public debate.