By Chris Conroy
KFVS12 Vice President and General Manager
Years ago a little rabbit named Thumper uttered these wise words in the classic Disney film Bambi:
"If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all."
Unfortunately, many never learned that lesson. Log onto the web and you are sure to see some very hateful, mean-spirited comments, especially on Facebook. It seems many people believe they can get away with saying pretty much anything because they are protected by the perceived anonymity of the internet.
Here is another quote from childhood:
"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but, words will never hurt me."
Except they do. A lot. Just ask any anyone who has been the victim of cyber-bullying.
Here at Heartland News, we follow Facebook's own commenting policy. Any post deemed offensive will be hidden or deleted. Not only that, we will ban the user if they persist in attacking anyone or anything. Expressing differing views and disagreeing are fine and even encouraged. It's our goal to make sure people don't attack each other, and that people have a forum to simply express their opinions. The Heartland is not about being insulting, mean or hateful. It is about disagreeing while showing some respect. In other words, think before you type.
If we as a community can show a little more compassion and respect towards each other, this will be A Better Heartland.