Yes, so several of you have noticed that Wick turned off the comments in his post below about DISD. I’m getting e-mail asking: “Why have comments at all if you’re going to turn them off when you bring up a hot-button issue?” And: “If FrontBurner is here to provide a forum for lively debate, then let’s do it.”
I agree. And yet.
I personally suffer from the same strain of ambivalence over comments that I do over DISD itself. I believe that Michael Hinojosa is the right man for the job. But I talked with the principal of my son’s school this weekend on the sideline of our boys’ soccer game. If forced to cut 10 percent, she’ll have to let five people go. Our school needs every teacher it has.
Similarly, I think comments are wonderful. But not long ago, I criticized a writer’s work in a post, and more than one commenter floated such unbelievably tasteless ad hominem remarks that I found myself personally apologizing to that writer for even providing the forum in which those remarks were made.
It’s theory vs. practice. For now, with that post, we’ve decided to let theory carry the day.