We cannot censor our students’ or faculty’s speech

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

I have suspected for a long time that no one ever listens to me!

In September, I wrote a letter to the editor concerning the KU professor’s comments on the NRA. It was printed in the Manhattan Mercury and Lawrence Journal-World. I received many verbal comments and thumbs up on Facebook pages, but nothing in writing.

In October, an editorial appeared in the Manhattan Mercury saying, perhaps more eloquently, what I had already stated. The editorial mentioned the embarrassment that we Kansans should feel if the regents took action on censoring social media comments.

For some unidentified and unclear reason, the Board of Regents proceeded with censorship of one’s comments.

There are few things that are more fun than working with college students. The fun is in throwing out controversial thoughts or thought provoking questions. Presenting students with nothing other than facts to memorize does not result in the future thinkers and leaders that we want. David Guth’s now famous comments should have stirred up many thoughts on the NRA and the pros and cons of gun control.

If we are to keep our outstanding state universities, we cannot censor our students or faculty’s speech.

President Kirk Schulz has “done us proud” by challenging the Board of Regents on their decision to censor free speech.

What surprised me following my September letter to the editor, and still surprises me, is the lack of written opinions from all Kansans. Why aren’t there 500,000 signatures headed to the Board of Regents?

Polly Schoning, DVM, PhD
Professor emeritus
Kansas State University
32997 West Tallgrass

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