The thread a few paces down went off the rails. I don't want that to happen again. I don't like the ban-hammer--it is an imperfect tool--I can't know what's in people's hearts. But if I catch a whiff of disingenuous arguments, I'll err on the side of the blog. There are tons of other blogs out there. People can take their pick, or start their own.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to