Since we now have a new place to recommend op-eds*,_______________
We can serve you some fish about recent top threads:
Some readers complain
Of feeling some pain
When a commenter seems to be out to lop heads.
* See "Recommended Op-eds" at the top of the sidebar.
[All of the fish below are personal communications to the editor.]
I’ve been dismayed by the increasing nastiness of discussions on your blog. I’ve occasionally had something useful to say, but have decided that I don’t want to participate in such an uncivil discourse. Anything I might say would be lost in the clash of wounded egos. I’m sorry to see it.
Now that I have seen how one commenter hurls the same absurd polemic against several other commenters on different topics, and dodges giving any of his own facts while constantly demanding more from others, I am simply going to ignore him on all topics.
In the comment threads I've read, I didn't see any evidence that anyone went over the top. A couple of the commenters are clever debaters. One of them seems a bit aggressive, and occasionally provokes or overstates, I would say unnecessarily, but that's just my take. I didn't think he was beyond-the-pale offensive or insulting. I also have to confess that my reaction is probably colored by the fact that I tend to agree with the general direction of his thought...I doubt that a long, articulate conversation between thinkers as convinced as these two are, unfortunately, achieves very much.
He's called me shallow, dismissive, and vague. Sounds to me as though he's defensive—which is another thing he's called ME, actually. I can take his crap in doses, but when it becomes apparent that nothing is going to come of replying, I take a break. I still haven't looked to see how he responded to my latest remark....
Hackles—bad to be up. Nice—always a good thing.
One of the first things Mike said to me loooooong ago was, "You're nice." I was insulted...until I realized how important and wonderful nice is.
I wonder if you are not getting too involved with your blog, which has expanded considerably in the last year or two from being an expression of your own thoughts and experiences to being a sounding-off piece for others who seem to have little or nothing else to do....
My big trip this year was to hike the Inca trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. Four days, twenty-six miles, high altitude of 14,000 feet in aptly named Dead Woman's Pass left me barely alive by the time we got to Machu Picchu. Since I don't learn from experience, I am going down and up in the Grand Canyon in March....