I changed templates and, although it supports comments (in theory), I haven’t yet found the way to turn it on. Although I like the layout, I’d like interaction on the site more. I will poke around some more and see if I can figure out what is going on, and switch the template if I can’t get comments going.
As an FYI, anyone that has registered and been approved on the site should have the access to write their own posts. If you have registered and can’t publish a post, let me know.