Sunday, February 09, 2003

Could free speech soon become expensive? 

Yesterday we read the news account of Minnesota-based Metris Company�s filing suit against two former employees for having posted to the Internet opinions that company officers claimed were defamatory and libelous.

Could such stultifying litigation, now seen in the private sector, soon carry over to those who think that they�re expressing free speech at public universities? Who at St. Cloud State University should be most worried about watching their wallets:

a) the student who last week wrote a letter to the campus newspaper, stating that most here �dread having to go [to required multicultural/gender/minority classes that could be called] Richwhitemaledominatingsuppressor-ism;"

b) one former and one current faculty member who claimed in letters to Twin Cities� high schools that SCSU was toxic to "student of color;" or

C) writers on this blogspot?