Everyone’s soapbox

Our View

Reading the Sooke News Mirror online may not be to everyone’s liking but it does provide a small peek into what some people in Sooke are thinking.

There was a recent letter stating that politicians should be held to a higher standard and the comments arising from it are, to say the least, interesting.

Everyone who comments on Disgus has a user name and they don’t necessarily know who each other is. We are privy to this though. The bantering back and forth is not unlike the talk in the coffee shops in Sooke, the difference being that they are not face to face  so it is likely they will say things they wouldn’t otherwise say to each other. There are salient points being made by each of the commenters and the interesting thing is that they are anonymous. They are not who they may think they are.

It is time to remind those who choose this forum for their public comments that libel and slander are still issues. We can manually delete comments we feel are treading on thin ice. Just a reminder that while we want you to express yourself and have your say, we will not allow petty name calling and childish commentary. We expect civil and reasonable comments not ranting, raving and pettiness. Another reminder, we will not allow this forum to be used as a platform for electioneering. We will delete those comments if they come close to this sort of use, the same as in the print version of the paper.

Keep it clean, keep it honest and keep it legal. Other than that, enjoy your soapbox.