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College Christians had to be protected from 'safe places' advocates

To The Editor,

Megyn Kelly recently wondered if our academic institutions were creating a "cupcake nation" with respect to students attending some of our institutions of higher learning. Those would be the hallowed halls that have been historically known as the centers for unfettered free speech. Places where our youth can experience the heated, fiery, fierce, furious, passionate and lively give and take of "stormy debates". The open discourse of diverse thoughts and opinions that allow for the development of the critical thinking skills that prepare them for the competitive world they will soon embrace.

That challenging journey of social, cultural and economic yearning apparently is no longer available to the students of Georgetown University and Oberlin College. Christina Hoff Sommers, "factual feminist" and scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, has been found to be "threatening to the safety of the students". She has spoken out forcefully about the issues of "anti-victimhood" and "anti-censorship". That has resulted in her being described as an "internalized misogynist" and a promoter of hate speech by some Oberlin College students.

At Georgetown University, students were afraid of being "traumatized" by what she had to say. Safe places had to be created to avoid emotional trauma. Seems she should be silenced for not going along with the feminist groupthink. Silencing speakers who do not adhere to the liberal, progressive mantra continues to become more commonplace. Remember what happened to Ayaan Hirsi Ali at Brandeis University last year.

Texas University students have petitioned to stop Governor Greg Abbott from speaking there because his views aren't considered diverse enough. At the University of Maryland, students are protesting the movie "American Sniper" because they are apparently convinced it is racist and perpetuates hate. While MIT has invited a rapper to talk about police brutality and race relations. That would be Killer Mike who has a rap song that urges black people to kill cops. It also mentions queers, drugs, hating bitches, evil white people, and dick tattoos among other lovely race unifying lyrics. Mike of course likens Louis Farrakhan to Jesus. He recently attended the White House correspondents dinner after being invited by the Huffington Post's Ariana Huffington. Hat tip to Colin Flaherty's American Thinker column for this good news about Killer Mike.

Yet our children's, oh so delicate psyche, must be protected from any speech that doesn't fit liberal academic doctrine. So conservative speech may be considered to be "micro-aggression". "Trigger warnings" must be issued to protect our vulnerable children from such scary types as Ann Coulter and Pamela Geller. Free Speech zones must be created so that students who aren't of stout mind and strong heart can stay clear of difficult conversations and opposing opinions. And now, safe places have to be created. Places of refuge for students who have had or may potentially have their emotions shaken by opposing thoughts and ideas. Brown University has one of those places, complete with Play-Do and other accouterments of mind and body decompressing.

So now in 21st century academia, it appears we have the "Cavalcade of Perceived Slights". One of the most egregious of those slights is apparently to have ones beliefs challenged. The natural result is of course to silence speakers one does not agree with. The irony is not lost on me. How about you readers? Speaking of irony, Oberlin College had to request police protection for Christina, to protect her from the advocates of safe places.

Russ Wiles

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Knowing what is in our food is certainly worth fighting for

To The Daily Sun,

Rep. Anne McLane Kuster is the only N.H. representative currently, to sponsor HR-913 the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, introduced in the U.S. House by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), a bill that would require mandatory labeling of GMOs. Senator Jeanne Shaheen is a sponsor of S. 511, the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). This is the senate version of a bill that would require mandatory labeling of GMOs.

Taking away our right to know what is in our food is not a partisan issue. It is a health care necessity. Apparently Frank Guinta and Kelly Ayotte have not yet realized that 90 percent of the American public wants the right to know if the food we buy is made with GMO products.

The country's first mandatory GMO labeling law, in Vermont, is set to take effect in July 2016. Meanwhile, across the country, legislators in 18 other states are working this year to pass laws like Vermont's. Once GMOs have to be labeled in a couple of states, it's only a matter of time before mandatory GMO labeling becomes the law in all 50 states. And that possibility has Monsanto, Pepsi and the rest of the gene and junk food giants on the defensive. The only thing Monsanto's gang can do now is to shut down the democratic process. Unless, that is, we the people let them know how we feel about keeping us in the DARK.

Fellow N.H. citizens, there is a bill before Congress, H.R. 1599, that some call the DARK Act (Deny Americans the Right to Know). Why? Because if Congress passes this bill, states will lose the right to pass GMO labeling laws, and Monsanto will win the right to keep consumers in the dark. Permanently.

N.H. citizens have a long history of fighting to protect our inalienable rights. Knowing what is in our food is one worth fighting for. Join many of our families, neighbors and friends on Saturday, May 23 at the N.H. Statehouse in Concord for a demonstration beginning at 11.
Nancy Sheridan


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