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Silencing free speech

Sunday’s (Jan. 2) Sacramento Bee had an article about The Union’s publisher, Jeff Ackerman, and local leftist Eric Engles’ attempts to get Jeff fired.

Engles and a few friends think Jeff’s comments about Bruce Conklin’s activities over the restoration of the Julia Morgan-Foote Mansion smelled like an “arrogant violation of conflict of interest laws.” For that, and Jeff’s other comments on hot community issues, Engles and fellow travelers regard Jeff as being too conservative, using harsh tones over simple lying issues, and they “don’t like his style.”

So if a local newspaper official expresses opinions that do not comply with the local minority of leftist and environmentalist dogma, he must be silenced! “Freedom of speech,” which is loudly screamed anytime the left is restricted, apparently only applies to the left. Never mind fairness and mutuality. Again, the old liberal double standard. So any published opinions that may “further divide a community” are not allowed, right? Wrong!



In case you have not noticed, western Nevada County is politically divided and the majority is conservative. The left and its agenda lost, from John Kerry to local candidates.

Jeff, you’re doing a fantastic job. Keep it up. If Engles and cohorts cancel their subscriptions to The Union, I’ll buy them.




Ken Davis

Grass Valley


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