It's John Philip [one L] Sousa [S, not Z]. Hate his music, but at least get his name right. In J-school, wouldn't a misspelled name--and a well-known one at that--spell this assignment with an F?
Just as a publication may print letters to the editor without necessarily agreeing with the content, it is responsible for filtering out inappropriate material and making sure the letters are appropriate for public consumption (meaning, in the first place, coherent). The same should hold true for policies regarding online comments, but for some reason online comments have been a virtually unmoderated free-for-all (virtually, not literally; obviously, the Star imposed some idiotic, indefensible standards that promoted personal attacks on public figures but eliminated valid criticism of maniac posters). Back in the early days of StarNet, trolls immediately started taking over the chat forums, which led the Star to abandon those within a couple of years. Right then they should have known that they would need to take a firmer hand with online comments. Has the problem been hypocrisy, or mere laziness? Either way, it's been inexcusable. (Also, I believe people should take responsibility for their comments, so good riddance to anonymity.)
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