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Received: Dec. 17
I’m writing this letter after receiving a comment rejection letter from The Republic. I know that the comment was erroneously flagged for moderation after an email to the moderator. “B.S.” was flagged because it was assumed that I was talking about what comes out of a cow’s rear end when clearly when read in context it was used as the common abbreviation for Bachelor of Science.
This harmless but irritating mistake has left me with the question: “Are we as a society growing too politically correct for our own good?” I mean who is really offended by such things anyway? Aren’t we all adults living in a very adult, sometimes harsh world? Is it really the average Joe who needs to adjust his “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” to an insincere commercial sounding “happy holidays”? Or should everybody just relax?
There is no filter or moderator for real life, and everybody understands this, so why should there be in The Republic’s comment section? You would think of all companies a newspaper company would understand and want to afford the people the use of their First Amendment right the most.
Of course some people will be offended by some of the things we say or do in life no matter how lightly we tread or innocently we intended. But as for me, I think I’ll just take a step back and relax. I prefer to hear people’s real opinions even when they are sometimes coarse as opposed to a doctored corporate sounding opinion or statement.
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