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Vox Pop-May 20

Take an active role

If the Dispatch truly wants to improve the civility of conversation in its online article comments, discussion site and Vox Pop, it needs to start taking an active role in reviewing such comments. Online point systems are not new — in other papers they end up doing nothing to solve the problem, in fact I think they exacerbate it, as the fringe is more motivated to support like ideas no matter how uncivil they are than the majority — thus boosting points for nasty comments — just as long as they support the preferred idealogy.

Students should have been focus

To the CLC graduation speakers who took the opportunity to make their addresses to the graduation students into a commercial about CLC instead of making the students and their accomplishments the center of attention.

Where’s Vox Pop?

I don’t understand why the Vox Pop isn’t printed anymore. Please run it for people to read.

Editor’s note: The Vox Pop column is posted online only at

Vox Pop, voice of the people, is posted Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays on the Dispatch website only. Submissions are limited to 100 words. To phone in a comment, call (218) 855-5888 and leave a message. To e-mail a comment, write to To mail a comment, send it to the Dispatch at P.O. Box 974, Brainerd, MN 56401. Comments, which must meet the newspaper’s standards of fairness and good taste, may be edited for clarity, length and libel.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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