commenting on the news at its it’s best

I honestly don't know what I think about allowing Web site users to leave comments on news stories.

All the arguments for the practice sound great — involving readers, increasing public discourse, boosting traffic, etc. I've also seen comments get out of hand and increase the volume of discourse (in more ways than one) while lowering the level of said discourse.

But this little note appended to a Tribune story one of my friends penned about Mesa's use of goats as living weed-whackers — which, I should note, another friend of mine wrote about on a Republic blog a good hour or so earlier — transcends all the arguments for and against commenting:

azhusker1967 wrote:<br />Great ......something else taking jobs from Americans. Are they white or brown? Has their illegal status been checked? Is their a clause that states any babies born will not automatically become citizens? I demand a full investigation!! We need sheriff Joe on this!! ONLY in Mesa....a sanctuary city.<br />1/13/2009 1:18:48 PM<br /><br />azhusker1967 wrote:<br />there, not their....<br />1/13/2009 1:21:09 PM

Gotta love those users who take the time to correct there work... even when it needed no correction in the first place.