The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

December 30, 2013

Your View: Consequences

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Globe’s editorial (Friday, Dec. 27) was misguided in my view, taking a position that (a policy by the Kansas Board of Regents overreaches its authority) by allowing leaders of public universities and colleges to suspend or fire a teachers or staff members for making certain public comments on social media.

Someone must make hiring and firing decisions for teachers, and those leaders of the institutions should be the ones.

But I hasten to add that I, of course, support free speech. Any employee, public or private, anywhere in America, has the absolute right to say anything they choose to say publicly. That right to free speech cannot be challenged. But the personal consequences to any speaker or writer in the public domain must be determined by someone.

In that regard, a public school teacher is just like a member of our military, a public employee. Gen. Stanley A. McCrystal was just such a military, but public, employee. He spoke to a reporter and then was fired for what he said. What the General said was in no way illegal, but he sure suffered consequences for such speech. Why shouldn’t the leader of a public university have the responsibility and authority to make similar decisions for a teacher?

Everyone should be free to speak, but as well, any speech must be judged by someone as good or bad.

Speech is an action, and there must be consequences for bad actions, publicly and privately as well.

Anson Burlingame

Joplin

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