Today’s Beaufort Observer has a point-counterpoint and commentary on the issue of anonymous public speech:
The Raleigh News & Observer has an article today (2-22-10) that we find interesting and know that some of you will also. How do we know? Because the issue is often raised by some of our readers. The issue? Whether people who make public comments should have to identify themselves.
The N&O piece is a point/counterpoint format. Katherine Lewis Parker of the NC ACLU argues that people who address public bodies in open session should not have to give their name and address for the public to hear. N&O staff writer Matthew Eisley argues they should, saying that it promotes better behavior.
We agree with Parker. We did not used to, but because of the experience we have had here we do now.