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The Price of an Opinion

When did we become so polarized that we lost our ability to have a civilized discussion about complex issues?

by Patti Davis

I lost a job the other day. The people who had hired me figured out that I support stem-cell research (I don't know what took them so long) and pulled the plug on a lecture engagement for which they had vigorously pursued me.

Getting the news that I was canceled was one of those moments when one realizes that the personal really is political. I certainly support anyone's prerogative to hire or not hire whomever they choose, and I definitely don't want to work for someone who doesn't want me. But when people aren't permitted to speak because their opinions are considered inappropriate, it's a sign that something is amiss beneath the surface. Particularly, as in this case, when those opinions have nothing to do with the job itself.


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That's true. I worked with someone who wound up being

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fired simply because he was the head of the National Rifle Association in Illinois. The media trapped him at the front entrance of a large trust company. The company was worried that its wealthy clients would be offended, but the guy was on his own time when he spoke to the media.

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The Price of an Opinion - could it be...

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Excellent article and good question . And if you disagree politically, you are just as likely as not to be called anti american,. Sad state of affairs

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