Rupert Howell’s column

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 27, 2007 comments open more avenues for interaction with readers

We’re happy with the number of people who go to our website regularly and read the news.

We rearranged our Website a few months back and attempted to make it pro-active so that you could post comments and we could more easily update and report current news.

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According to the website’s counter, over 5,000 unique visitors per week account for 40,000 page views. That’s a lot of readers and if you combine that with our paid circulation of 6,000, it translates to as many as 15,000 to 20,000, if two people read one newspaper.

As a newspaper, we adhere to more stringent rules than a blog or stand-alone Internet site.

We offer readers of the Internet the opportunity to post comments to many of the different stories and many of you have.

We appreciate the response we have received and often get story ideas or information that enables us to look deeper into the story than we normally would.

However, we don’t post comments that tend to be inflammatory, rude or based on innuendo. Comments that attack the character of others are not what we’re looking for on our site.

We encourage those wishing to do so, to create their own blog.

What we do appreciate are comments and question that add substance to the story’s content and create thoughtful conversation about issues that are real to Panola Countians.

Short precise comments concerning the story at hand are most likely to get posted and may be edited for content and brevity.

A representative comment may be chosen from numerous comments of the same nature.

Those wishing to express opinions more thoroughly may write a letter to the editor. It should be 300 words or less, signed with an address and phone number for verification, not publication. Send your letters to Editor, P.O. Box 1616, Batesville or email it to:

We appreciate your letters and we appreciate your comments and the interaction that has provided. We attempt to update comments on a regular basis and post late breaking news as it occurs.