Commentary and comments policy is a community that values and wants your participation. You are welcome to submit a column for possible publication. And we want you to join our conversations on articles published on our website and on Facebook and Twitter.

We aim to foster productive, bridge-building discussion. With that in mind, there are a few ground rules:

  • No personal attacks. Be respectful. We’re not saying you can’t speak out against a public official or criticize others. You can. And we want you to do it in a way that is constructive and explains your position. It’s one thing to elaborate on the reasons you believe someone is wrong; it’s another entirely to call people names. One encourages debate, and the other shuts it down. We aim to encourage debate. There’s no name-calling here.
  • Avoid libel. We’re not interested in being named in a defamation lawsuit. If you need to know more about libel so you can avoid it, click here.
  • No free campaigning. The comment forum is not the appropriate place for candidates to advertise. Candidates are welcome to participate in the discussion, but should focus primarily on the issues. To learn more about becoming an advertising sponsor, click here.
  • Original content only. We allow short quotes from others, as long as you cite the source, but essays, articles or other content that you didn’t author can’t be published in full.
  • Be factual. If we see egregious factual errors in your comments, we’ll delete them. And please, avoid spreading rumors.

Think of it this way: Commentaries and comments should, in general, be constructive and add to the dialogue, not degrade and tear down. doesn’t allow anonymous comments. We use the Facebook comment system. You’ll need a Facebook account to participate.