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- All comments on the substance of the material or news presented, including critical observations, are welcome. It is best to allow the readers–and the author–to respond to comments where they are posted, in a spirit of openness and transparency.
- Comments will be moderated by the site managers and reporters. As the strongest communities have engaged moderators, reporters are encouraged to jump in and participate in comment threads, directing the conversation, mitigating hostile flare ups, and keeping the discussion moving forward.
- We appreciate the news tips members of the public send us. However, StateImpact is not in the business of publicizing rumors, allegations, conspiracy theories and other information which we know to be false or unsubstantiated.
- Moderators reserve the right to take down a comment that:
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