MINOT, N.D. — I haven’t done a mailbag column in a while, and a reader named Olivia called me out on it in a recent email. She likes the format and wants more of it. “For me, comment sections feel too charged, and the element of debate is buried too quickly,” she wrote. “Now more than ever, we need public displays of thoughtful discourse.”
Your wish is my command, Olivia.
I have a lot of thoughtful (and sometimes not-so-thoughtful) correspondence with readers — I spend at least a couple of hours a day on it — and Olivia is right that we need more of that sort of thing out in public. Now more than ever, as so many have lost sense of what it means to disagree without being disagreeable.
As always, if you’d like to correspond with me, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, find me on Facebook, or hit me up at @robport on Twitter. Your submissions may be edited for clarity and brevity.