It was notable to compare George Will’s column today (Opinion, Dec. 31) with the Mailbag letter from Allison McCoy. Mr. Will writes of the willingness, even eagerness, of Marquette University to censure one of its professors for holding an opinion which may have differed from its officially accepted politically correct one, in this case the notion that same-sex marriage is no longer to be a subject of debate.

This may or not be a topic to debate in “polite” company, but I’ve been laboring under the presumption that universities were the one place where it’s not only appropriate to discuss anything and everything, but is in fact the sine qua non of what a university should be about.

Ms. McCoy, on the other hand, vilifies John Rosemond for holding opinions that differ from her own about what is right and true with regard to parenting. She goes so far as to castigate the Democrat-Herald for the effrontery of even running Rosemond’s columns. Does Ms. McCoy not realize that Rosemond himself frequently offers that his opinions are his own, and are often at loggerheads with others in his field. Whether she realizes this or not, she is, similar to Marquette, more than willing to urge his silencing.

As a regular reader of Rosemond’s column, I personally find his sensible opinions a breath of fresh air, so interesting compared to the lock-step opinions of the sources Ms. McCoy mentions.

Peggy Richner

Albany (Dec. 31)

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