The Rostra originates from the word Rostrum, a forum in ancient Rome where citizens would come to voice their thoughts, concerns, and critiques about society. Many of history’s giants spoke from the Rostra, including Cicero, Julius Caesar, Brutus and Cassius, among others. SD Rostra is based in the spirit of public thought and debate that existed in Ancient Rome.
Each blog posting is the opinion of the individual author, not necessarily shared by the other site authors or administrators. There is typically no predetermined or decided “SD Rostra Opinion” on any one subject. However, SD Rostra authors are largely from the “center-right,” generally meaning moderate Republican to conservative to Libertarian.
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Some also believe they are being cute by selecting a name specifically matched to their comment, such as commenting on Councilman Smith under the name “Smith is a Clown.” That’s not a name and falsely assumes the commenter will be using that same name for every future comment, even when the topic isn’t Councilman Smith. Such comments will be changed to “Anonymous” by administrators.
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