Dear Editor:

If someone said I was fat, ugly, and stupid, I'd be offended. But I have never been 'offended' because someone expressed different political views.

I recently had a Recall Polis petition in front of a museum holding an event. I was not on museum property, but within minutes, two museum representatives came out and asked me to leave. Their reason: people inside the museum were 'offended'.

When I see a petition I don't like, I just don't sign it. But today, too many people do what they can to shut down dissenting opinions.

I did leave. I had a right to be where I was, and I dislike people infringing on my First Amendment rights. But I did not want to start a community war.

The good news is that as this has become known, people are calling me to sign the petition. One said that he was tired of the 'the tolerant party' being so intolerant and (nationally) calling names, so he's getting politically active. Another said that he disagreed with people stifling opinions and asked how to get a petition.

When I attended college, there was a 'soapbox' where students could express views. It was used mostly by Students for a Democratic Society (socialists), Sierra Club members, and those for and against the Vietnam war. Rules were: No advocating violence, no cursing, and 10-minute time limit. I remember only one time that campus police had to remove disruptive audience members. You could listen or ignore.

Today, free speech is disappearing from colleges. We hear of 'snowflake' students having 'safe rooms' where they cuddle with blankets, hot chocolate, and puppies because they heard an 'upsetting' opinion. Now, evidently, some adults are becoming 'snowflakes' who can't handle someone sitting at a table with a petition. How sad.

Angie Many

Eckert

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