From the Publisher’s Desk: Election season rules

Dear readers:

If the recent comments and letters to the editor are any indication, it must be election season in Edmonds.

So it’s a good time to go over the ground rules for the next month.

Letters to the editor: You are welcome to send letters supporting your candidate of choice — or pointing out why you don’t think a candidate is a good choice. Please be respectful, avoid name calling and stick to the facts as you know them. At our discretion, depending on the content of the letter, we may ask a candidate to submit a response. We will also fact-check letters if it appears errors have been made. In addition, we reserve the right to not publish a letter at all if it doesn’t meet our standards. Email your letter to myedmondsnews@gmail.com. We will not accept candidate endorsement letters after Oct. 14 (the day the ballots are mailed).

Comments: I moderate our comment section. That means not all comments are approved. This is not new: It has been that way since the site was founded in 2009. Those decisions are at my discretion but be assured that if you are respectful, avoid name calling and stick to the facts (which I will fact-check if necessary) you have a better chance of having your comment appear. If you leave several similiar comments on the same topic, it’s likely they all won’t be approved. Also, at times people leave comments soley for the purpose of raising suspicion about a candidate but those comments lack context or explanation. Those also will not be approved. If you have a story idea for us to follow up on, email myedmondsnews@gmail.com. We may have already heard about it and looked into it. Or we may choose to follow up on the idea.

Yours in civil discourse,

Teresa Wippel, Publisher

 

6 Replies to “From the Publisher’s Desk: Election season rules”

  1. Thanks for the hard work and journalism/editing that makes MEN both a trusted and trustworthy source.

    Are we allowed to quote articles and comments or paste links from previous MEN stories?

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  2. Thank you Teresa for working so hard to facilitate an online platform where respectly stated disagreements and varied positions on the issues in Edmonds are allowed. It is refreshing.

    I read MEN for many years before supporting it financially on a monthly basis. Where would Edmonds be without MEN? Please consider supporting this local news source. If you get your local news from a Facebook group, you are missing out on what’s really happening in Edmonds.

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  3. I really appreciate Rebecca’s comments and want to echo her plea for the financial support of My Edmonds News! Teresa and her crew work incredibly hard to provide us with solid local news and opportunities for community engagement. Yes – please consider monthly support if you haven’t already made that commitment!

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  4. Teresa,

    With all due respect, I don’t think I received an answer to my question. How do you determine when to shut down a thread? Seems rather arbitrary to me. Without a little more clarity, it can be miss perceived as biased. I’m not trying to be argumentative because I truly believe you provide a valuable service for our community. And I know it’s not easy to be an editor. We need to believe in you and your continued great work!

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    1. It’s a judgment call. Have a variety of viewpoints been represented? Are people starting to repeat themselves? And are people becoming increasingly uncivil and/or unkind? These are among the factors.

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