I wasn't going to blog today.
It is Memorial Day and I don't
do holidays for the most part.
But one thing that is laying in
my craw. It is when an official
takes it on to ban something,
for his own personal reason.
A commissioner in Coeur
d' Alene put a ban in the
courthouse against a newspaper
blog. This commissioner with the
agreement of his two fellow
commissioners decided to ban
It is kind of a political
blog.. Actually it covers all
kinds of subjects but during
election time it is heavier in
the politics. There is usually
a subject line, but even a wild
card can invoke heavy discussion
of politics. These people who
comment are from all walks of
life. All sides of the political dish.
All kinds of opinions. And 90%
of them are from the town which
the blog is done. Voters folks.
So for a official to ban just one
blog, for the sake of what was
said about him, by the public,
or the other candidates is not
only childish, but borderline
break against the First Amendment.
Had he said no online except,
direct business with the courthouse.
Then so be it. If he had said no
blogs, or other reading material
while working, that would have
been fine. But to single out one
blog... run by a newspaper.
Well, folks, it is just wrong.
I may not agree with
all the time, but I sure
will defend its right to blog, and
the public's right to comment.
And his deed is toothless, as the
people will read the blog when they
get home...or on their own personal
laptop. HE only showed the voters
were right... in not voting him in for
6 hours ago