No apologies

The Stars and Stripes Ombudsman has recently blogged that his printed column has been blocked from publication. The current Stars and Stripes ombudsman has never been censored, steered or controlled. And I offer no apologies for adhering to ethical and legal responsibilities in publishing a newspaper.

The ombudsman’s columns have always been edited with his knowledge and consent for spelling, grammar, space, propriety and legality before they appear on the opinion page. They have always been edited by the same opinion page editor. That editor, and that editor alone, has decided when a column is ready for publication and on what date it will be published. Senior editors have never interfered in his editing or made any decision on the timing of publication.

Out with the old comments, in with the new

Today, we are launching a new, improved system for reader comments on Stars and Stripes stories, as part of our continuing effort to enhance the comment boards and encourage a robust but respectful dialogue.

The new comment system still permits users to post anonymous comments, but it requires you to provide a valid email address first. And, if you choose to register with the system, you will gain added benefits, such as the ability to monitor responses to your comments.