Don’t march out; Challenge speakers

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I encouraged them to research the speaker, listen to his/her words, and then use their research and intelligence to rebut the speaker during the question-and-answer session.What then to make of the Albany Law School students who walked out of a panel on travel bans to protest one speaker?They’re students at a prestigious institution of legal education. I have friends who graduated from that school and serve in truly distinguished capacities today. These students will be challenged when they argue cases against opposing attorneys and try to convince juries. Why not undertake a challenge now?It’s my hope that the next time said students are again faced with this type of challenge, they’ll stay and question the individual(s) with the intelligence they obviously have in order to attend this school.Michael FondacaroAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Feds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scam I preface this letter by noting that I mentor Asian-American students at the University at Albany. I made clear to them at the beginning of this semester that should the university extend a speaking invitation an individual whose views they and I would consider reprehensible and repugnant that they shouldn’t interrupt or attempt to shut down the speaker.last_img read more

Sinclair had right to use free speech

first_imgI know what the mistake is that people make who claim a constitutional infringement for Sinclair’s directive that its stations read a statement about “fake news” and their commitment to provide news that’s confirmed and reliable — read locally by our own Liz Bishop. But what am I missing? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I heard the statement as read and believe it to be saying to people to consider the source, make sure that it’s reliable, and that the stations would only present confirmed facts and attempt to do so without bias. What did I miss?What those who claim a constitutional infringement missed is that the “free speech” constitutional protection is a prohibition against the government limiting speech, not speech in the private sector. Sure, Sinclair is licensed to use the airwaves, but that does not make the company an arm of the government. Sinclair can direct its employees to speak or not speak, just as an employer can hire or fire for a good reason, a bad reason or no reason at all (unless the reason is discriminatory or violates an employment contract).Freedom of speech isn’t a license to say or not say whatever you please. Nor does it shield you from the fallout from people who don’t like what you say. Freedom of speech isn’t a prohibition against a private-sector employer directing its staff or subsidiaries from taking and stating its position.BRUCE S. TRACHTENBERGNiskayunaThe writer is a former town justice.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over Bethlehemlast_img read more

Vodafone names agents

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Birkby and Mentmore pursue £250m merger

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Motorola job cuts threaten Slough’s Farnborough deal

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A new road for Warburgs’ Lane

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City-centre retail lettings sluggish

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Developers to split City fringe scheme

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Towering success

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Sweet and low

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