Bravo. If I were the Review-Journal, I’d keep the message boards turned off; or at least curtailed and not used for every story. When I lived in Indianapolis, the local newspaper switched its comment boards to a Facebook-based system. Prior to the switch, they experienced much of what I’ve seen here at the RJ. Since moving to Facebook, the lack of anonymity has eliminated quite a bit of the hateful, racist and violent rhetoric. There are spirited discussions — and it sometimes gets out of hand — but for the most part, it’s civil. Perhaps the RJ should explore that option.
In the meantime, I’m happy the comments are turned off. If people really and truly want to engage, they can do it the old-fashioned way: write a letter to the editor.