Let the Sun-light in
The days of censorship are here. There’s no getting around it. If your views veer too much from the establishment line, “Off with his face (or tweet).”
Even the Alameda Sun is not immune from this disease. The Sun has carried a certain banner of freedom of expression in its letters page way beyond what you see in publications like the East Bay Times or the SF Chronicle, which only give space to sycophants of the established order. For this, Alamedans can be grateful. But there seem to be critical limits to this, like criticizing U.S. involvement with Ukraine, which I did in a recent letter, that was not accepted. This is unfortunate because we are slipping down a dangerous path and differing views should be heard before it’s too late.
Editor’s note: Two weeks ago Hunter Cobb wrote a letter to the editor about the U.S. involvement in the Ukraine-Russia conflict. The Alameda Sun decided not to publish it because it included a statement from a weapons expert about the Bucha massacre where, according to reports, numerous Ukrainian civilians were brutally murdered by Russian soldiers. The statement read, “It’s much more likely it was done by the Ukrainian security forces after the Russians left!” The Sun deemed the statement too controversial to publish without any proof. This message was conveyed to Mr. Cobb. The Alameda Sun welcomes differing opinions in its public opinion section. However, we have the right to not publish a piece if it includes statements that can be considered insulting or too controversial without any proof.