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Updated Sumner Newscow comment section policy:

Editor’s note: The following is an updated set of rules for the Sumner Newscow comment section. We have italicized additions to the comment section for today. Please read this policy. It is also featured at the top of the page below the banner advertisements. 

SUMNER NEWSCOW COMMENT SECTION POLICY:

Sumner Newscow will allow readers to post comments on specific articles which are deemed public in nature.

At all times, please use proper manners.

Signed comments are preferred. However, anonymous comments will be allowed provided they adhere to the criteria below:

•The comment section will not be allowed for obituaries, police notes, Sumner County Court dockets, and specific stories of crime that are private in nature.

•All commenters must provide a valid e-mail address. This e-mail will not be published, and only seen by the moderator. Comments without e-mails will not be published. Fictitious e-mails is subject to the revoking of comment privileges.

•We will also no longer allow derogative statements, signed or unsigned, toward specific Sumner County sports teams or players in which juveniles are involved. Criticism of coaching techniques, and contest controversies will be allowed only at the discretion of the moderator, and if the concerns are of general public interest.

•Sumner Newscow will require signatures on comments of stories that the website considers extremely controversial for which the privacy of individuals are at stake.

•Personal attacks will not be tolerated.

•If for any reason, Sumner Newscow determines that “piling on” is becoming an issue, we will either disable or eliminate comments from a specific story. Please bring something new to the table when commenting and not duplicate information which has already been said.

•All comments must stick to the issue of the story at hand.

•All posts for which commenters demonstrate that they haven’t read the story before commenting will not be approved. 

•Signed comments will receive preferential treatment and receive more leeway than those that are unsigned.

•Misrepresentation by signing another local person’s name in the comment section is grounds for comment termination rights, public condemnation, and subject to legal action by Sumner Newscow.

•Sumner Newscow will not approve any posts that it deems inappropriate, including any posts that are offensive, bullying, defamatory, libelous, infringing, obscene, vulgar, indecent, harassing, hateful, humiliating, misleading, part of a political movement/agenda, invasive to someone else’s privacy, or contains unlawful content of material or deliberate inaccurate information. It is in Sumner Newscow’s sole discretion to determine what content is offensive and whether to remove any content it considers offensive or inappropriate.

•It is also Sumner Newscow’s sole discretion to ban a user from posting on this website, and applications created or administered by Sumner Newscow for a pattern of inappropriate postings or as it deems necessary.

•Sumner Newscow will not protect the identity of the individual making comments on this site, if the subject involves legal consequences. IP Addresses will be turned over to law enforcement authorities if such requests are made.

•No commenter has the right to dominate a conversation. If he/she submits repeated comments, the moderator has the right to terminate him/her from the conversation.

•Sumner Newscow will not take responsibility for comments that are used to defame others through means for which the website cannot possibly know that such information was used for that purpose.

•Comments that are novel like in nature may be deleted simply because it is too time consuming to read. Please be as brief as possible. We are not asking for a novel.

•Comments are the ownership of those making the comments and not Sumner Newscow.

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MESSAGE TO OUR READERS

It is our contention that the comment section in its current format allows for public dialogue and provides protection from those who may not be able to convey a legitimate public message without retribution from adversarial family members, employers, neighbors, or political movements provided that they abide by the rules listed above.

•Those who wish to see the comments pulled from a specific story must demonstrate why they are in violation with the rules listed above by sending their concerns to the Sumner Newscow administrator at sumnernewscow@gmail.com.

•Comments will not be pulled solely on the basis that you may disagree with the posts’ author, who has a legitimate public concern or information.

•Unintentional inaccurate information is not basis for deletion if the author of the post legitimately feels that way.

•Public officials and/or news sources who attempt to withhold public information from an upcoming news story, because of this website’s comment section policy, will be dutifully noted in the story by the author of the article.

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Comments made by posters do not reflect, nor have ever reflected, the opinions of Sumner Newscow administrators, its employees, or its sponsors.

Sunday blog: Talking social media chatter, trashing the roundabout, and candidate questionnaires

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For all this hand wringing these days about social media, perhaps we should chill out and take it for what it is:

Chatter.

Last week’s Wellington City Council election is Example A that no matter what is being said on your favorite social media site; if your opinion doesn’t have validity, it won’t have legs.

Tracy “Cueball” McCue

Tuesday’s city primary proved this to be true. Instead of the voter rebellion we were promised by social media warriors, it turned out to be rather, well, dull as dirt.

The voter turnout was underwhelming. About 1,000 of the Wellington residents voted. That’s about 1/8th of the total population, and less than 1/5th of the registered voters.

For those who voted, it was basically a status quo vote. I wouldn’t consider the winning six candidates being all that rebellious. Two of them have served before. And had this same election been conducted, four, eight or even 12 years before when social media was not even a factor, the results would eerily be the same.  I would even go so far to say that had council members Vince Wetta, Jan Korte, and Bill Butts run this year for another four year term, at least two of them would have survived the primary and maybe get reelected in November.

This election proved there was no real rebellion, no real movement for change.

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