Some of the commenters on Bradenton.com hit a new low today, and we disabled the commenting on the related stories for the first time.
Tragedy struck the McCarthy family yesterday, with the death of Dr. Owen McCarthy. They are well-known in this community, and have contributed much over the years. His prominence led us to assign columnist Vin Mannix to write a feature obituary, paying heed to Dr. McCarthy and his service to the community.
But there was a disgusting lack of respect among the comments – so inappropriate and hateful, especially on an obituary. The only good thing that came from this: Many of our readers e-mailed or called me, asking that we remove the comments. Thank you for helping police the website. We rely on you for this, and are reassured that you care enough to flag the offending remarks.
We also have provided a Legacy link for those of you with thoughtful notes to the family.