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Well said, Bill.  I agree that we should try to stay on-topic.  The volume
of messages gets to be too cumbersome for a worker bee to read otherwise.

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> From: 	Bill Sherman[SMTP:SHERMANWC(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: 	Tuesday, September 15, 1998 7:26 AM
> To: 	seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: 	Re: Political Issues
> Richard Ranous 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. < 
> If we are free to cite our views and opinions on any subject on this list,
> the 
> purpose of this list will be destroyed.  The whole idea of having 
> subject-specific forums for discussion is to allow discussion to
> concentrate 
> in one area and not be inundated with off-topic discussions.   
> > 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.  < 
> How is limiting discussion to engineering issues "telling you what to
> think 
> and how to think about it"?  Personally, I don't want to hear discussion
> of 
> Starr's report here, whether the writer agrees with my position or not. 
> This 
> is simply not the forum for that discussion.  I've heard plenty of varying
> opinions in other media - can't we have a "safe haven" where we don't need
> to 
> hear all this political commentary?   
> >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. < 
> Freedom of speech has never meant that you can express your opinion
> whenever 
> and wherever you want.  (For example, heckling a speaker is not considered
> free speech.)  Using freedom of speech also requires responsibility in how
> you 
> use it.  (I've expressed my opinion on the Starr report elsewhere as well
> -
> in 
> an email to the White House.) 
> Shafat - thank you for your attempts to keep this listserver on topic.