To the editor:
I agree with Eileen Ford's column ("Insights and Outbursts," Thursday, June 7), and would add to it.
Free speech is but one of the rights we all have as Americans — a right and privilege we need to preserve and protect.
But what we don't have is the right to raise that flag to cover the, speculation, innuendo and downright poor behavior — all under the shield of anonymity in the gloucestertimes.com online comments.
If you have something to say, then own up and take responsibility for saying it. If you don't, then the rest of us should dismiss your words and know that you may be otherwise ashamed and embarrassed by what you are saying.
I am amazed at how child-like adults can become when they're hidden under the dark blanket of anonymity. Like children, they feel that, if no one can see them, "they have license to do or say whatever they want."
I think the Gloucester Daily Times should refuse to allow any opinion to be expressed online unless the author identifies him/herself — just as in the letters to the editor in the print edition of the paper.
I think that those hiding under their anonymous hoods need to step up and take credit for their so-called "free speech."
Bearskin Neck, Rockport