I’ve noticed that the section of your paper devoted to public input has disappeared. It contained online comments from your readers regarding daily news stories.
I miss it, and I’m sure others do, too. The PNJ has been systematically eliminating public comment over the last couple of years. The first step was eliminating the online forum section of your paper. After it was dissolved, many people who had posted there moved to a privately run forum called Pensacola Discussion forum. That forum thrived for several months, but has since decreased to a very small group of posters, mostly interested in posting racist comments online under fictitious names so that no one knows their identity.
I believe that particular forum gives Pensacola a bad name, as anyone who types “Pensacola” and “Discussion” into their search engine will find that as their first link. African-Americans are referred to as “colored people” daily on that forum, and Pensacola does not deserve, as a city, to have such a place pretending to represent them.
I believe that my town has moved past those days. I know speech is free, but I’d love to see Pensacola’s name removed from their title.
– Linda Enterkin