A Note From The Editor

Over the next 36 hours, as has been the case over the previous two days, there will be a number of posts, articles and photos surrounding the visit of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.

I have personally been moderating our various online forums and it’s quite clear Trump is a polarizing figure, bringing out the best and worst from commenters. It’s been disturbing to observe the name calling, vulgarity and foul language from some against strangers. We will continue to delete obscene messages.

We have already, and surely will continue to be in the days ahead, been accused of sensationalizing the candidate’s visit to Berlin with a number of stories.

While we disagree, believing instead this is a major news event for the lower shore based on the few precedents in our history, we understand the rage and support from our readers. We would ask, however, that everyone exercise tolerance and good judgment this evening if planning to attend the rally. It will surely be a spectacle unlike any seen around these parts in some time. The school system has called it “historic,” while detractors have called it shameful.

No matter where you fall philosophically and politically, Trump and this entire political campaign has brought out the extremes in people. We understand and embrace the dialogue. We simply encourage the community to approach this evening’s rally with a balanced and civil perspective.

Let’s show the country how special this area is to call home and let’s make ourselves proud, whether we agree or disagree with the politics at hand or the decision to even welcome this campaign event in the first place.

Today, tonight and into tomorrow, through team coverage, we will do our best to keep our readers updated as to what’s happening inside and outside of Stephen Decatur High School.

We all need to be safe, smart and respectful with our actions, words and decisions. The world will be watching. Let’s not give anyone reason to criticize our judgments. This community is made up of good, kind and tolerant people. Let’s prove it with a peaceful gathering tonight.

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.