Since The Post and Courier has begun inviting readers to comment on stories online, some of the people who were wont to contact me are now hashing things out in online exchanges. At first I wondered if the conversations would be helpful to readers who really have concerns about news stories. But after watching the number of comments grow, I am a convert. Often readers hit the same points I might have touched on. They don't seem to mind taking some blows. And readers cannot accuse them of being an apologist for the paper.
I hope to continue to hear from readers who want answers about the fairness and accuracy of the paper, but I think t he online conversations are a bonus.