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Journal-World websites to require commenters to identify themselves

I will be quitting after years of sometimes contentious debate here. I've already cut back quite a bit because of the increasing difficulty in using the LJW's site. Although I disagree strongly with Mr. Guth's comments, I think they serve as a good example for what can happen when someone attaches their name to an obviously controversial opinion. Lawrence is a small town and people here are more than happy to carry ideological grudges from the real world onto a website and back. Many people who own businesses or work in positions who can not afford to argue an ideologically unpopular opinion will simply cease posting. This area will become less interesting as a result.

October 9, 2013 at 11:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Anthropology Department opposes leave for Guth

Thanks for cutting and pasting the article almost in its entirety. I needed to see it twice.

September 27, 2013 at 6:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Iwig Family Dairy seeking $650,000 in donations to stave off liquidation

A store can be a great store and fun to visit but still not be a good business.

September 26, 2013 at 3:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Iwig Family Dairy seeking $650,000 in donations to stave off liquidation

Have you written your check yet, Merrill?

September 26, 2013 at 3:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Professor getting death threats over NRA tweet, colleagues support his free-speech rights

Ok, I have modified my point of view regarding his suspension. Previously, I had assumed - based on a lack of clarity from the university - that he had been suspended because of the actual tweet. My contention is that anyone who is that bad at communicating shouldn't be teaching strategic communications.

However, based on the university statement, it appears he was placed on leave - at least in part - because of threats. I do not agree with this and I believe the university should have made alternate arrangements to keep both Guth and his students safe.

Unfortunately, neither side has a monopoly on anonymous people who like to send death threats to people with whom they disagree. Although I fundamentally disagree with Mr. Guth's tweet and the argument behind it, I do not believe threatening anyone is an appropriate response.

September 24, 2013 at 10:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Guth's tweet puts him in middle of political firestorm

At least you admit you aren't a constitutional law expert early in your post so one can stomach the rest of it.

September 23, 2013 at 10:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Guth's tweet puts him in middle of political firestorm

Actually, yes you can.

September 23, 2013 at 10:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Guth's tweet puts him in middle of political firestorm

Define a "military style assault rifle," Merrill. Not that you'll respond...

September 23, 2013 at 10:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Guth's tweet puts him in middle of political firestorm

Blah blah blah cut-and-paste. I don't think you want to get into the business of deciding which organizations can and can not be tax exempt.

September 23, 2013 at 10:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU journalism professor Guth placed on leave as school reviews comment he made on Twitter on shootings

Actually, although I do not agree with his tweet, I do not agree with your position. I sincerely doubt that the tweet would meet the narrow definition of fighting words or the other jargon people are throwing around (hate speech, for example).

September 23, 2013 at 10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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