An apology to BatesLine commenters

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I received an email last night from a BatesLine reader asking if I had deliberately censored a comment he posted a couple of weeks ago or if the comment didn't post because of a technical error.

The answer was neither. I wrote back: "It was a worthwhile comment, and had I noticed it earlier, I would have approved it earlier. I likely overlooked the notification email. Checking pending comments in the content management system, I noticed several from four different regular commenters over the last couple of weeks that I missed seeing. I owe you and them an apology for my lack of attention to the blog and its readers."

Some of these comments I had seen and thought I had approved at the time. Others I had not seen. While, on balance, it's probably a good thing I don't give this blog the obsessive attention I did five or six years ago, things have swung too far the other way.

I moderate comments to filter out spam and the occasional abusive comment. I reserve the right to publish or not publish a comment for any reason whatsoever (including my own neglect), and there's no guarantee that your submission to post a comment will result in its publication. Publication of a comment does not imply my endorsement of the sentiment expressed or any facts alleged by the commenter. The opinions expressed are those of the commenter and do not necessarily represent my views.

In general, however, if you offer a comment in good faith, even if I don't agree with it, my aim is to post it promptly. Thank you for taking the time to read BatesLine and for caring enough to respond with a comment.

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Roy said:

As one who had two comments 'not make it' during the last few weeks, I suspected time crunch and work demand constraints. Thanks taking the time to let readers (and commentors) know...and for the excellent blog, Michael.

The A Team said:

I really appreciate your comments in the recent UTW article:

"Chess? Checkers? Solitaire?

Mayor Bartlett pushes envelope in exploring the potential of city charter's "strong executive" style of leadership"

Thanks for the always astute analysis as usual. It's nice to see UTW publishing your commentary again. Your keen awareness, sound judgment, and resourcefulness, especially in the practical political matters of local government continues to shine through the hazes and mazes of political spin to illuminate the special interests concealed in the shadows at City Hall.

Keep up the good work!

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