2011-11-23 / Opinion

Why Editorials Are Not Signed

From time-to-time, readers ask why editorials published in the Archbold Buckeye are unsigned.

It is the policy of most newspapers in the United States to allow editorials to stand without signature.

On the editorial page, the Archbold Buckeye speaks with one voice.

The idea that spawns an editorial may come from any Buckeye staff member. Before editorials appear, staff members scrutinize editorials for content and clarity. Additions and refinements are offered, and ideas discussed.

If editorials were signed they would be personal columns, the thoughts and ideas of one person, rather than the Buckeye’s one voice.

Buckeye editorials are not hushed whispers. They are not grapevine rumors surfacing from dark sources. They are not pieces of gossip.

Compositions on the editorial page are thought-provoking. They are intended to challenge the minds of readers. They are significant essays to motivate citizens to higher ideals, community betterment, and point out wrongdoing.

Readers are encouraged to comment and express personal thoughts through letters to the editor. They must meet certain criteria: 300 words or less, free of libel or slander, and signed by the author, not a group of authors.

Signed letters give credibility to the source and credibility to the idea. An anonymous letter carries no weight, and even less credibility.

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