Couple of things...RedNeck wrote:This is a message board is in no way officially tied to the Western Illinois University. People can comment (I believe it's in the bill of rights).
Anyway I digress. Just one opinion Bruce Rauner is a piece of garbage.
Like a privileged, influenced affluent, never had to put in manual work day in his life piece of garbage.
1. Freedom of speech just means that the government will not arrest a person for saying something. It doesn't mean that a website can't shut down someone for saying something they don't agree with or that someone else can't try to drown them out. This site is not affiliated with Western, but from a legal standpoint, I do have the ability to delete comments or block people.
2. I don't believe I've ever deleted someone's comment or banned anyone except spammers. I don't plan on starting now. I consider this site all of ours. Yes, I run it, and the domain is in my name, but without all of you there wouldn't be much of a site.
3. That being said, I generally prefer to stay away from political discussion unless it directly affects WIU, and I don't want to even touch national politics on this site. You can disagree with someone's politics, but if you are going to talk about them, I'd prefer we step back from name-calling. I think people can disagree politically while still remaining civil.
I can guarantee that my personal political thoughts and beliefs are significantly different than those of some of you around here, but I like to think of this as a place to talk about WIU (mostly athletics, but sometimes other topics relevant to WIU). I'd prefer to keep it focused on that if we can.
Anyway, to make a long story short...
"Rauner wants to open a U of I-QC, and we think that is good/bad for Macomb or WIU and this is why..."
I don't have a problem with someone saying something like that.
"Rauner/Pritzker (or anyone) is garbage (or any number of worse names)"
How about no. It's not a huge leap to devolve from that to the point where we're calling each other names. I've seen it happen too often on other sites to let it happen here.
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