Commenters to The Ohio Republic are a civilized lot. I have had to delete only one comment in nearly two years as the result of offensive content; but have found it necessary to delete more and more spam. Since most of my spam attaches itself to older posts, I am instituting a new policy that requires moderation of comments to posts more than 90 days old. This should help me censor the spam, while sparing you the need to do word verification. However, if the problem significantly worsens, I may add that in the future.
Your comments are always welcome, and generally add to our discussion and understanding of the issues.