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DFO, You Need To Stay Neutral

One commenter here at Hucks Online that I highly esteem admonished me privately via e-mail re: my tendency during the last coupla weeks to toss in my opinion on issues. Quote: "The question today, 'Would you like to approach the Idaho Legislature the same reckless way that it did public education: 'shake out the parts that don't work and replace them with strategies that will work' nearly guarantees responses that agree with your opinion, as though all blogsters walk in lock-step on issues. I have noted the same thing with some positions you have taken and questions with advocacy overtones." My friend goes on to say that a moderator should further the conversation without noted bias. Also: "It would encourage more comment from both sides and increase page-views. I believe posters on the opposite side of the pre-determined premise would be more willing to speak up."

Question: Should I remain neutral when I feel I have something to say about an issue?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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