I figured out the technical problem which is preventing us from adding updates to this page. I confess I unintentionally caused it by introducing errant blank space in the text (which isn't visible here), and it doesn't want to let me fix it. I'm going to close off commenting here and invite you to continue the discussion on the newer story at Boston bombing suspect in custody. I may have to attempt to delete this page if it causes additional problems with the database, but I hope I don't have to, because I don't want to lose the comments in doing so. Sorry for the inconvenience. --Rick Brown, online editor, News Tribune
For the latest story about the capture, please see Boston bombing suspect in custody (Sorry to bury this link down here, but we had trouble updating this page again for some unknown glitchy reason, so we started a new one.)
See Authorities: 1 Boston Marathon bomb suspect dead for newer updates.
I believe you're comparing an apple and an orange, plus discounting the habits of several thousands. Both formats of commenting have their advantages and their audiences, and neither diminishes the advantages of the other. The letters to the editor have two primary differences from these online comments. First, the letters to the editor are published both in print and here online; whereas, comments like the ones above are published only online. Thus, letters to the editor potentially reach readers of this website and the tens of thousands of local people who read the printed newspaper. Second, the letters to the editor are perceived by some to have an increased level of credibility because each author is taking complete responsibility for what (s)he writes by signing it. Some people may not read or may give less credence to online comments because they're primarily anonymous and at least some authors may be hiding some relevant motivations when they conceal their identity. (Google "astroturfing.") Therefore, neither format should be overlooked by advocates attempting to communicate their message. And now I need a good off-topic disciplining. :)
Just for the record about that brawl.. Initial spectator video appeared to suggest physical contact within the crowd that spilled onto the court after the game, but a video emerged later with an angle that clearly showed there were no punches thrown. It turned out to be exuberant celebrating. --Rick Brown, online editor, News Tribune
It's appropriate to the discussion to challenge another person's opinions, correct their assumptions or urge them to follow a certain course of action, but please remember to stop short of personal attacks on other participants, in favor of focusing on the issues. Thanks. --Rick Brown, online editor, News Tribune
Just to keep the discussion based on the issues raised in the story, let's arbitrarily narrow our focus to those issues rather than broaden the discussion further to comments that focus only on the military and national foreign policy, which aren't directly related to this student's focus. Feel free to post opinions which are solely about those issues on other stories where that's a more central topic. That way, folks can have this page to discuss the issues that are pivotal to this story. Thanks. --Rick Brown, online editor, News Tribune
Thanks to both of you for taking the initiative to regroup and keep the discussion civil. That helps us keep the forum focused on issues. --Rick Brown, online editor, News Tribune
I removed some comments in a thread of personal bickering. With that, we'll close the comments on this page. If you'd like to address the editorial, please write us a letter to the editor for publication to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
Just FYI, according to this report (mobudget.org/files/Transportation%20Funding%20Report%20July%202012.pdf), MoDOT receives 1 percent of its funding from state general revenue and most of that is allocated to Amtrak. The bulk of its funding comes from state and federal gas taxes, vehicle and driver license fees and vehicle sales taxes. City and county roadways have their own variety of sources including a portion of local sales taxes in JC and Cole County. There is a proposal under consideration in the Legislature to hike the state sales tax by 1% to increase funding to MoDOT, which obviously would change the current balance.
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