Many news organizations have made the decision to remove the comments section from below articles posted online. It's time for The Frederick News-Post to do the same.
What value does it add to our community to allow cowards to post uninformed, malicious, and sometimes repugnant comments under the shroud of anonymity afforded by internet usernames? Not all of the comments are offensive. But many of the comments below Frederick News-Post articles misrepresent the people of Frederick as squabbling children, and they normalize malignant, hateful thinking in our community. We're better than that.
Ban the comments section. If these "brave" people have something to say, then let them write letters to the editor and sign their names, like adults. Failing that, let's require commenters to use their real names when creating accounts, and force them to stand by their remarks publicly.