Why we turned off comments on

Dear Reader,

After months of consideration, we have decided to disable comments on a majority of the stories published on

It was our goal to give viewers the ability to express their opinions on every story. Unfortunately, many stories began to be filled with mean spirited, and at times hateful comments. These comments provide no value to our readers and are time consuming to moderate.

Even though we've disabled comments here, you can still join the conversation on ABC 7's Facebook, Twitter, Google +, YouTube, Instagram, and Tumblr pages.

I look forward to your feedback (which can be left in the comments section below) and thank you for visiting

Blake Sabatinelli
Director of New Media
WJLA/NewsChannel 8