The One Franklin Square Building in Washington that houses The Washington Post. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

The new motto on The Post’s front page, “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” says it all. Small type but huge statement. It is a first, and it is a keeper. I copied the page and sent it to some who might have missed it. Thank you.

Bonnie Boyle Cote, Washington 

I picked up my newspaper Tuesday morning, and to my shock I saw the words “Democracy Dies in Darkness” at the top center of the front page where the date usually appears. I don’t visit The Post online often so I had not heard about the change coming. My initial reaction was that The Post’s computer system had been hacked and this was some kind of terrorist threat (or perhaps a prank). It truly disturbed me. I was relieved when I learned later that it was The Post’s new motto.

I understand now what the intent of the motto is but still find it unsettling to see a phrase with “Democracy Dies” in it. Could the thought perhaps be expressed in a more positive way? In these days of heightened fear of terrorism it would be appreciated.

Barbara Long, Arlington

I don’t like the new motto. It is a distraction from your fine newspaper. “Democracy Dies in Darkness” is true and powerful when used sparingly. On a daily basis, however, it is demoralizing. It also discourages badly needed national dialogue. The first two words of the motto are what stick in the mind — not the condition under which they occur. It is as if you are telling us every day that democracy is dying rather than that you are helping keep it alive and well with thorough and accurate reporting.  Few people want to talk about death, but many can engage in talking about life.

I don’t have a subscription to the Wall Street Journal, but I saw this in an ad for the paper: “As accusations of facilitating the spread of fake news continues, our readers can draw comfort and confidence from content that is created, curated and checked in a real newsroom.” That affirms a positive commitment to journalistic integrity. Please scrap the motto, and don’t replace it. Stay focused on in-depth reporting and analysis.

Pam Leitterman, Sunnyvale, Calif.

Before I could read my newspaper on Tuesday, I saw your new motto at the top center of the front page: “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”

No matter what the president says, I believe what I read in The Post.

Truth will prevail.

Thank you for keeping the lights on.

Rick Pullen, Fredericksburg