Free Speech

A recent post on FRL discusses a court ruling in Denver that more or less held some people accountable for anonymous and untrue information being posted online. The part that needs the responses, though, are the poster’s thoughts on the subject and how it pertains to the “extreme right-wing” of Longmont.

The poster again laments the anonymity so prevalent on internet blogs and forums today, citing “no less than 5 far right Longmont websites that allow anonymous comments”. Anonymity is here to stay, and it is not just a right wing trait as the poster would have us believe. Unfortunately, there are some mighty unstable people in this world (again, not exclusively a right wing trait), and many people want to voice their opinions without those people putting a figurative target on their backs. Kaye Fissinger seems to be scared to death that a horde of heavily armed right wing nutjobs is going to hunt her down. Doug Wray is also frequently admonished by those same people. Neither of them seem happy at all in any of the articles that they post, and one gets a frequent sense of paranoia when reading their opinions. I often wonder if it is worth it to them to be seen in such a negative light by so many people in Longmont. One can simply read the Times-Call comments to see that anything written by these individuals is summarily dismissed, regardless of whether or not a good point is being made. Miss Fissinger especially is quite passionate about many issues, but whether she realizes it or not, her opinion will never carry any weight because of the often disrespectful ways that she tries to make her points. If you want support of your causes, belittling those you are trying to compromise with is not going to get you far at all.

But I digress. The poster of the referenced articles says “it’s the Wild, Wild West and woe betide any ‘little person’ who steps out onto Main St. when these electronic gunslingers are blasting away.”. I can only assume that he is including Longmont Responds as one of those “lawless sites”, in which case I say…come on in! I promise there will be much less “woe” imposed on you here than you seem to impose on those who disagree with you on FRL. I welcome opposing opinions here. It is the reason I started this blog.

Also referencing “Let the attacks begin”. This has been clairfied many times, and I don’t understand how anyone who looks closely at the referenced email exchange can conclude that councilman Santos is actually calling for attacks. He was clearly referencing Miss Fissinger’s attacks in her blog which “had begun”. I really think this illustrates a great example of just why there is so much, dare I say, hatred in Longmont politics these days…each side so often doesn’t understand or doesn’t try to understand what the other side is really saying. Issues won’t ever be resolved if each side is battling elements that don’t exist in reality.

Again, anonymity is not specific to one side of the political spectrum. Besides M. Douglas Wray and Paul Tiger, who else frequently posts on the Times Call using their real name? The poster of the original article blasts Chris Rodriguez for not coming down on those who are “hateful to progressives”, but Mr. Wray, we don’t hear you coming down on any anonymous sympathizers for their equally “hateful” comments towards conservatives either. Frankly, I don’t think either of you is obligated to call out anyone on their poor behavior, but if both sides are reacting the same way, why try to make it sound like only one side (the other side) is in the wrong?

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