What’s in a name?

SIR – I am most concerned at the number of letters published in your newspaper which end with name and address supplied (another four last week, including variations). Obviously there are occasions when anonymity is essential, such as whistleblower or whe

SIR - I am most concerned at the number of letters published in your newspaper which end with name and address supplied (another four last week, including variations).

Obviously there are occasions when anonymity is essential, such as whistleblower or where there is fear of intimidation. However, these hardly apply to most of those who prefer to hide their identity. This is particularly true of correspondents who criticise local councillors or council officers, what would be their reaction if they received a reply from an anonymous district councillor? They would immediately cry foul!

My plea is for all correspondents, except in narrowly defined circumstances, to have courage of their convictions and put their heads over the parapet. The more open discussion which would follow would benefit all.

JOHN W SKEELES


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EDITOR'S NOTE: It is of course desirable that all correspondents should leave their name and address on letters and those that do will be given preference. But it is also vital to ensure a lively debate and I am prepared to publish some letters with details supplied as long as the sentiments offer a challenging debate for Comet readers.

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