bye bye free speech in US?

Michael W Palmer carex at OKSTATE.EDU
Thu Mar 25 13:58:12 CST 2004


Richard Jensen wrote:
"Perhaps we should contact our own congressional representatives to
encourage
reconsideration of this policy."
I agree - but other policies may get in the way! Our OSU lawyers recently
sent us a memo saying that it is against state law for a state employee to
express opinions to our elected representatives, in which we identify our
place of employment.  The deans and department heads tell me "well, of
course, in your capacity as a scientist you should be able to express your
scientific opinions to congressman" but the lawyer's note does not mention
this exception.  So, theoretically, I should write as a concerned citizen,
somewhere in rural Payne County, and discuss subtle aspects of peer
review?  When my senator describes climate change as a hoax
(http://inhofe.senate.gov/pressapp/record.cfm?id=206907) I cannot respond
with my professional affiliation (and presumed credibility derived from
it).
Of course, I do not see any complaints from university lawyers when
university administrators are lobbying for funding.


Michael W. Palmer
Botany Dept. OSU
104 LSE   Stillwater OK 74078 USA
405-744-7717  fax:405-744-7074
 http://ecology.okstate.edu/
 http://www.okstate.edu/artsci/botany/
carex at okstate.edu




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