How to participate online aims to foster constructive, respectful civic conversation. With your help, we will provide a friendly, safe, easy to use place on the Web for everyone in the area to share not only opinions but also information of community interest.

As a commenter on stories or in the forums, or as a community blogger, you take the lead in telling your own story. In return, we ask that you meet this character challenge: be a good citizen and exhibit community leadership qualities. It's a simple and golden rule. Act as you would like your neighbors to act.

Before you post, consider the consequences of your words for others as well as yourself. You are personally and legally responsible for anything that you post here.

Some of the content you post on and its affiliate websites may find its way into the Peninsula Clarion newspaper or other affiliated publications. By posting here, you grant us permission to use your content. The details are spelled out in the Terms of Service document.

We may edit items selected for the newspaper. We ask that you keep your contact information up-to-date so that we can contact you if necessary.

If you see abusive posts on, we ask that you report the post (by clicking on the appropriate link) rather than engaging in the abusive conversation. Don't feed the trolls. Personal abuse is absolutely forbidden. 

We can and will remove content that undermines our mission. Abusers may find their accounts permanently blocked.

If you would like to become a regular community blogger for, contact us with a proposal including your topic and why you are interested. In some sections we aggregate headlines from existing blogs. If you would like your blog included, send us the link.

We believe in a broad, constructive community conversation -- both online and in print. We promise to be open, accessible, and easy to contact. With your help, we will work to continuously improve and the community.