Blogs by Rep Bob Lynn

Blog site of Representative Bob Lynn, Alaska House of Representatives,District 31 Anchorage, Alaska. Blogs consist of public comments during legislative sessions, speeches, political commentary, as well as personal observations, and some journal type entries. Comments are invited.

Location: Anchorage, Alaska, United States

Member of the Alaska State House of Represeentatives since 2003. US Air Force, Retired; military bandsman; F94C interceptor pilot; Vietnam service as radar controller (Monkey Mountain), radar site commander(Pleiku); Government Contract Management; Public school Teacher, Retired. Married 55 years to Marlene Wagner Lynn, 6 children, 20 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. Member St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church. Former Tucson Arizona policeman, Ambulance Driver and Mortician's Assistant, Realtor (currently on referral status).

Sunday, February 01, 2009


I’ve not had much problem (hopefully this blog won't cause that to change) with anonymous posts to this blog. Actually, there once was a newspaper in California, which hosted a full page of anonymous “letters to the editor,” and I was the subject of one such anonymous pithy epistle. Actually, I was so proud of that anonymous letter that I framed it, and it’s on my wall at home today. Sometimes one is best defined by their enemies.

That said, I have nothing but contempt for those who post nasty, hurtful - and often libelous - comments to online newspaper articles or online television reports or to anything else. These people are too cowardly to put their name where their comment is.
Anonymity for good purpose, however, can have its place. For example, anonymous “whistleblowers’ oft times have done a world of good in the workplace. Likewise, helpful investigative journalism would suffer if it were not for anonymous sources. Legitimate anonymity is a far cry from vicious comments posted on-line by unidentified (except, perhaps by a goofy avatar) and cowardly provocateurs.

Commercial entities - newspapers, television stations, etc. - which publish anonymous on-line comments likely do so in the name of profit, without sufficient concern that a lot of people are undeservedly hurt. Several courts have ruled that “shield laws” that protect journalists and their sources, also shield writers who post anonymous on-line comments. That seems a bit of a stretch, but stretching isn’t uncommon in too many courts nowadays.

Whatever, I’m an advocate our First Amendment right to free speech, even when hurtful speech comes from cowards.


Blogger Lisa Graas said...

Welcome to the internet. I'm with you. Fortunately, I believe in a higher power who never forgets my name, but sadly, many do not.

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Jason Brune said...

Extremely well said and I couldn't agree more. It's a fine line, but I think if you feel strongly enough to write something, you should be willing to post your name with it.

While we're talking about it, the number of so called "anonymous" bloggers on makes you wonder how many are actually paid marketing professionals whose job it is to post (for either side of any given issue). Anyway, I digress. . .

Thank you for writing such a thoughtful blog.

5:40 AM  

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