You wouldn't want to invite someone stand up at a public meeting and incite violence. You wouldn't want to encourage a speaker to use profane or offensive language. There are limitations to free speech. As George Costanza would say, we're living in a society here.
But should speaking in favor of an idea that some people don't think is any of your business warrant expulsion from the building or the threat of it?
The latest controversy involving Kevin Gaughan begs that question. In Blasdell, the mayor told him he and the Village Board decided they didn't want to hear him talk about dissolving the village so they forbid him from doing so.
Are you OK with that?
--- Bruce Andriatch