The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen - Tommy Smothers

To the Editor:

I have enjoyed playing in your sandbox for the past few months.  Although I disagree with many of your contributors, I have found it enlightening hearing opposing opinions because it allows me to better understand people who disagree with me.  The only way to compromise is to listen and try to put yourself in the shoes of your opponent.  Just as you have strongly held beliefs so does the other side.  Only by discussing the issue can people find common ground and thus find a path to compromise.  It's with that in mind that I must complain about my treatment on this board.  As I've said before, I knew that people would not agree with me when I started posting here but I was fine with that.  I'm a bit of a contrarian who enjoys a good discussion.  Unfortunately, I have been unable to participate lately because the heavy handed censorship of some of the bloggers here.  I know when I complained about it previously you said that bloggers have full editorial control and it is up to them if they want to censor posts.  That is all well and good but for a crowd of people who crow endlessly about personal freedom and liberty, it seems incongruous that differing opinions are summarily deleted.  Many contributors here give a hue and cry about the "lamestream media" picking winners and losers by virtue of their coverage but they then commit the SAME offense by deleting stories and posts they don't want to hear simply because they disagree.  That is sad and troublesome.  However, even more bothersome then having my posts deleted was the fact that NOT ONE PERSON spoke up and said that deleting those posts was wrong.  NOT ONE PERSON.  Even if you disagree with what people are saying, the Fahrenheit 451 technique is uncalled for and disgraceful.  Shame on every one of you who saw this happen and didn't speak up.  It's ironic that the very first time I posted on this website (when the forums were still open) was to chastise a poster who quoted Martin Niemöller in his tag line at the same time he was advocating for the illegal search of Americans through the new AZ immigration laws.  The last line of the quote is "When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out." I hope there will be somebody left to speak out for you when they come for you but based on my experience, I don't hold out much hope.