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Letter: Political policy

December 24, 2013

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To the editor:

I agree with Sunday’s editorial about current Kansas University policy on social media, which the author titles “Curbing speech.”

I would, however, like to note that the KU Policy on the use of social media seems to be a compromise between free speech and the demands made on the university by right-wing Kansas politicians, who can influence decisions on its budget.

It would be best to separate politics from funding KU and base the latter on its achievements. Unfortunately, however, we haven’t reached that stage as yet.

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Les Blevins 3 months, 3 weeks ago

There are and there needs to be limits on free speech. End of story.

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Keith Richards 4 months ago

I only wish Guth would have have made racist or homophobic slurs instead for if that were the case, there would be no discussion by the media.

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Brock Masters 4 months ago

Free speech - a foundation of our country and a key component to our continued freedom.

Restrictions on it should be limited. Speech should not only be free but allowed to flow freely.

One of the greatest protections we have against unreasonable limitations on free speech is our own self control and self-imposed filters. Guth would have been wise to have criticized the NRA in a scathing attack that had Teflon qualities. In other words, use intellect and reason and not let emotion and rage lead you to tweeting, whether intended or not, could be construed in wishing death on children.

Anytime we cross the line or it appears we have, we open the door to more government intrusion and restrictions of our freedoms.

I am sure if Guth didn't let his rage get the best of him he could have tweeted something just as poignant and we wouldn't be having the discussions on a social media policy.

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