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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 newspapers in the United States to allow editorials to stand without signature, except the newspaper’s nameplate.

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

Ideas that spawn editorials may come from anyone. Before publication, editorials are scrutinized by staff writers. Additions and refinements are offered. Ideas are discussed.

Signed editorials 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 mind 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. They must meet certain criteria: 300 words or less, free of libel and slander and signed by the author; not a group of authors.

Signed letters give credibility to the source and credibility to the idea. Anonymous equals nothing.


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