Last week in this space we attempted to make the point that the posting of our stories and listings online has led to an interesting new mix of comments from readers.

In the space of a day or two we received a comment from someone reading a six-year-old story now residing permanently in the archives section of our website, and then another comment to a listing we had posted on April 1 for an April 1 event. Both of these comments were signed, but since the comments were directed to our website — — and not to the newspaper we decided to leave the names out in our discussion for Between the Lines.

While our point was simply to marvel at both the immediacy and the extended shelf life of the online newspaper, one of our readers took a different view. This reader took us to task for not identifying by name the sources of the comment:

“I take exception with Between the Lines’ (April 8th) use of an anonymous E-mail to stir up political controversy. . . . It is poor journalistic practice to hide behind unattributed comments, especially when making inflammatory assertions. Yes, technically you can say that the stated opinions are not your own, but your choice of topic and tone betrays a mindset that is unflattering plus a lack of professionalism.”

So who is the author of these bold criticisms of our professionalism? The E-mail was signed “an East Windsor reader.” In other words, Anonymous strikes again.

To the Editor:

Rutgers Opens Doors

In recognition of Rutgers University’s unique relationship with the people of New Jersey, we are opening our doors to the public for the first-ever Rutgers Day on Saturday, April 25. In difficult economic times it is more important than ever to connect the university’s resources to those we serve. On Rutgers Day, all New Jerseyans are welcome to explore their state university and see first-hand how Rutgers’ teaching, research, and service benefit the state.

In addition to the traditional Ag Field Day and New Jersey Folk Festival, both of which continue as part of Rutgers Day, there will be performances, tours, exhibits, and children’s programs on the university’s campuses in New Brunswick and Piscataway. Visitors will be able to experience the technology of the future, learn about workplace trends and in-demand skills, get tips on staying healthy, and find new ways for greener living. All events are free.

Please bring your family, friends, and neighbors to share the excitement. The day begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m., rain or shine. For more information visit I hope to see you at Rutgers Day on April 25.

Richard L. McCormick

President, Rutgers University

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