Letters to the Editor

Letter: Stupid threat

September 30, 2013


To the editor:

However offensive one might find Professor Guth’s remarks, freedom of speech, a principle upon which our country is founded, is far more important. The legislator’s response, to defund Kansas University in retaliation, is unconscionable and just plain stupid. It makes as much sense to defund our public high schools or even our grade schools where such “offensive beliefs” might be planted.

I get so tired of being ashamed of living in Kansas, a state I used to love and respect for its bright, caring and responsible people. Remember when Kansas was known for defying slavery, standing up for civil rights, supporting the rights of women, and being a part of exploring space (among other achievements)? 


Iam Tired 4 years, 7 months ago

Guth's remark is acceptable since it is "freedom of speech."

The legislator’s response is also acceptable since it is "freedom of speech."

The LTE is acceptable since it is "freedom of speech."

This comment is acceptable since it is "freedom of speech."

Stupidity is free ... being responsible for one's stupidity can be costly.

Bob Forer 4 years, 7 months ago

I think you were way too tired to make an intelligent comment. The legislator's response is much more than "freedom of speech" because it threatens action.

ThePilgrim 4 years, 7 months ago

That legislator would likely cut funding to KU without provocation.

Lora Gilliland Schneider 4 years, 7 months ago

Does Guth have the right to say what he said? Yes. Does Fred Phelps and his posse of lemmings have the right to say what they say? Yes. Freedom of speech is one thing. Stupidity and irresponsible use of it is another. Hate is hate. Being open-minded is accepting others opinions even when they don't allign with our own. I may not like what either of these examples said...but it is their right to say it. I just wish they would use less hate and more thought in their expressions.

jack22 4 years, 7 months ago

Exactly, if it wasn't for free speech we might never know who these people are that we disagree with. I like the fact that people can tell us directly what they think and we're free to agree or disagree and act accordingly.

md 4 years, 7 months ago

Replace nra with gay or minority and no doubt he would have lost his job. What a bunch of hypocrites.

voevoda 4 years, 7 months ago

Replace #nra with "gun control lobbyists," and very few of the people calling for Guth to be fired and for defunding KU would be doing so. So who are the hypocrites?

hedshrinker 4 years, 7 months ago

@md: oh, the poor, poor, victimized NRA ...the last I knew, nobody was enslaving or capriciously taking away voting rights of NRA members or beating them up simply because they're NRA members , etc. If you're going to make a comparison, come up with one that's real. Race/ethnicity and sexuality are not personal choices but related to biology and form the unchangeable basis on which members of the group are discriminated against. Your bitterness is extremely offensive to those who HAVE suffered hideous crimes simply for their race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality,etc.

parrothead8 4 years, 7 months ago

He would have had no cause to make that statement about gays and minorities. They don't run around advocating for unfettered access to a product which has a sole purpose of wounding or killing.

Liberty275 4 years, 7 months ago

We should all also take a moment to remember the Great State of Kansas also enacted prohibition in it's constitution before America did. Take pride Kansas!

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