To the editor:
On Sept. 20, Kansas University placed Professor Guth on administrative leave because of a less-than-140-character comment on Twitter. This was at the insistence of a “politically powerful” state legislator, Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, R-Hutchinson. It’s obvious to me that Bruce cannot comprehend nuances in a short statement. It’s also obvious that the “politically powerful” Bruce has threatened KU and is forcing the administration to take this action.
This is simply another example of lawmakers and tea partiers saying it’s OK if we do it, but it’s not OK if you do it. You can’t read or watch anything without running into everything from snide comments to bull’s-eyes to racism to outright threats of violence and death coming from the “Right.” Yet all they have to do is say mea culpa and apologize, and everything is OK until they do it the next time.
However, let someone not from the “Right” do the same type of things and their livelihood is threatened and they’re in danger of being fired. This is what happens when one party has an iron boot on the throat of the people of Kansas.
Bullies are the ones who pillory people at will. Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, R-Hutchinson has demonstrated himself to be a bully of the first order. (I wonder how much campaign money he received from the NRA?)