Notice to readers: New commenting system for is switching to a new system for readers to comment on news stories, editorials and letters to the editor.

The new system was installed Tuesday, and readers will see it on stories filed to the site since the work was completed at mid-morning.

Older stories - this one included - will still show comments and allowing commenting on the old system. The old system will be phased out in a week or so.

The new commenting platform is It allows readers to submit comments either through their accounts or to comment through their Facebook accounts.

The new format is similar to the old system. Anyone having trouble with the new system should e-mail The Bee's online team at