Well, I have read some of the comments on this article and I have to say I was not aware of any racist remarks being made by posters. I don't read the comments on most of the stories so I had no idea that a few people were being so impolitic and rude. It is a shame that you cannot police the comments the way the New York Times does. There aren't that many comments so it would not be a difficult thing to do. That would be a better idea than eliminating the comments completely.
By the way, your poll question today is idiotic.
Your decision is a mistake. Most of the people who make reasonable comments don't read the abusive ones. Do you think that perhaps your reporters should do a better job of reporting? The comments sometimes show that not enough study was done on a story. An example is the story on the opening of the bridges in the Chickamauga Battlefield. Not one word was mentioned about the controversy over the bridges. The original plan was to close the bridges, but politics won the reopening for the benefit of just a few people. We all had to pay for the repairs. Not one word of this was mentioned. I was told by reliable sources that the comment period was too short. Normal government comment periods are months while this was a few weeks. the article was all fluff with no mention of the controversy. So, sometimes the comments are better reporting than the articles themselves.
These bridges should have been closed permanently. To reopen them was a set up deal forced by a few people in Ft. Oglethorpe. There was a comment period but it was only a few weeks long. There was no way people opposed to open bridges to lodge complaints. There are plenty of ways to get around the park and these bridges are not necessary. So, now people who use and enjoy the park will have to deal with locals speeding down Alexander Bridge Road. No amount of dressing can convince anybody that the original look of the bridges was maintained. The old bridges were perfect for foot traffic. I hope the few lazy residents of the area are happy. Now let's see how long it takes one of them to kill somebody. That will be easy to do since the funding has been cut to the park and you never see the rangers giving tickets to speeders.