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  • I’d like to apologize for my curt response to this article. I don’t expect or even hope moderation posts it. I’ve been in a mood since the AS election started to heat up and reminded me of all that has happened. I know the Western Front doesn’t command a perfect resource base for highly refined articles. Free Speech is something I think the author and I both value, and I am very passionate about it. It’s so important right now.

    Comfortability is still not a word.

  • I haven’t taken an English class at Western, but in the version of English which I was taught [students’] would be the correct way to grammaticize a possession of multiple students.This is opposed to [student’s] which denotes ownership by a single student.”Comfortability” is not a more sophisticated way to say “comfort.” In fact, neither Webster’s nor the Oxford dictionary think it’s a real word at all. Although I do think it might be a good term to describe the potential for a jacket or sofa. These mistakes are easier to miss when you don’t highlight them in a pull-quote at the top of your article.

    I’m also incredulous that an editorial board with three authors wrote an article about free speech containing a fundamental misunderstanding of the First Amendment in the opening paragraph. The amendment literally exists to protect speech that is offensive, critical, and/or incorrect. For instance, it lets me write comments such as “Our government’s educational system begets universities filled with feckless students incapable of following basic language rules or understanding the sovereign architecture which allows for their irresponsible dissemination of false information.” Thank goodness for free speech.

  • Excellent editorial. When my feelings limit your free speech we all lose. Being a mature adult means you can deal with reality. Being “protected” from sensitive issues means you never get stronger. We aren’t here to be comfortable, we’re here to learn and grow.

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