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I am personally a BIG supporter of free speech. Creation of this list a
good example of my beliefs.

However, we must not forget the purpose of this list.
I have joined several lists that are currently discussing the STARR report.
I express my opinions there, freely. No one is offended, because that is
the purpose of those lists.

Hope that helps.


p.s. I am just doing my job.

At 9/14/98 05:59 PM, you wrote:
>After receiving your message I find I must respectfully protest.  We are
>professionals and should be able to site our views and opinions simply
>as views and opinions.  One of the major problems today are a few who
>claim to represent "mainstream society" are telling the rest of us not
>only what to think but how to think about it!  I am getting very tired
>of a few individuals on this list dictating to us what can be said and
>how it can be said!
>My disappointment in this area is not directed at Shafat, it is directed
>at the rest of the narrow minded members of this list who simply can't
>stand to hear an opinion on other than structural engineering which
>differs from their sacred beliefs.  I say, to all of those who agree
>with Starr or disagree with Starr it makes no difference.  You have the
>right to express your opinion as long as you don't expect the rest of us
>to accept it as fact.  To those who have complained about expressing
>political opinions on this list, I say, grow up!  What has made the US
>strong is the ability to discuss opinions in an open forum.
>In the last few months the minority of list members have dictated to the
>rest of us the topics which can be discussed on this list.  I say it is
>time to stop this kind of censorship!  We are all adults and can stand
>to listen to differing opinions.  There is much more to life than
>Structural Engineering.  We have a forum of individuals with a common
>background so what better venue to express our opinions on the world.
>My $.02 worth!!!!!
>Richard Ranous