I was thinking about the nature of arguments these days. More often than not, they seem to be one-sided exchanges. This is especially true with e-mail, where it's easy to defend one side of an argument. Simply fire off your electronic opinion, and if you don't want to read the opposing viewpoint, the debate is over and you win, shallow though that victory may be.
Maybe that's why I like the Mailbag section of this paper. It's a more interactive open forum where you readers can agree or disagree with the goings-on in the community or the opinions of us columnists. What I like even more is when a reader sends a point of view compelling enough to change my mind — no small feat, as anyone in my family will attest.
As for my most recent argument, no reader comment could change my mind about Nancy Salas, the 22-year-old who deceptively vaporized during her morning jog, subsequently costing the city thousands of dollars searching for her.