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As usual any attempt to limit topics on this list server is interpreted as
an infringement of everyone's 1st amendment rights. Don't any of this people
that feel the need to express themselves on this list have co-workers or
spouses that can listen to their rants. 
 
Chris Wood PE, SE

	-----Original Message-----
	From:	raranous(--nospam--at)pacbell.net [SMTP:raranous(--nospam--at)pacbell.net]
	Sent:	Monday, September 14, 1998 8:00 PM
	To:	List
	Subject:	Political Issues

	Shafat,

	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