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dotComments: Bashing Raines and trail changes

Former New York Times chief Howell Raines and alternations to the Rio Grande Trail were both bashed last week by readers posting comments at

Readers had no sympathy for Raines, judging from the slew of comments posted online in response to our coverage of his recent appearance at The Aspen Institute, where he discussed his new memoir, among other things.

Raines, of course, is the former New York Times executive editor who resigned after the Jayson Blair scandal.

Offered one reader:

Said another:

And, there was this:

Offered yet another reader:

Said another, in part:

Journalists in general also took some bashing in response to the article about Raines. For example:

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Changing gears, the widened Rio Grande Trail between the post office and Cemetery Lane has generated plenty of debate in letters to the editor. Online readers have weighed in, as well.

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Another had this to say:

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Outspoken talk show host Andrew Kole’s recent announcement that he will again seek public office spurred this online observation:

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Finally, a July 26 letter to the editor, “Wealth destroys community life,” sparked this response:

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Online readers may comment, anonymously if they wish, to any article posted at by clicking on Comments at the top of the article. Responses chosen for publication here appear as they were posted, without editing or correction.

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