Blue Oregon, our own personal watercooler, is a great space for a great many of us here in our fair state and beyond. We pride ourselves on not censoring comments or content; only removing things that are sexist, racist or otherwise dangerously offensive to our contributors or readers.
Lately we've noticed the tenor and tone of the some of the comments are well, mean-spirited. We haven't taken any of those down, mind you, but they make us uncomfortable nonetheless. Our contributors and editors are volunteers. They take time out of their days to make us think, make us question, make us better citizens and occasionally send the blood pressure higher than a nautropath would approve (see how I threw "nautropath" in for you, Portland and Eugene people?). We want healthy dissent and conversation, we do not want mean, spiteful or downright cruel comments. The last thing we want is our writers to feel so uncomfortable that they stop contributing.
So today, in my roll as sassy den mother, I implore you to mind your manners. The editors and contributors will appreciate it as will all of our other readers who come in silently every day and never say a word. Thank you.