Caution – this is just my opinion – you may or may not agree, may be offended or not – but I own it. You are allowed to comment, I won’t censor if you do not agree with me or if you hurt my feelings – I may tell you but I won’t censor your opinion.
When a person writes an “OPINION” essay and it is published in a public online magazine it becomes open for discussion. Some people who write “opinion” pieces become upset or hurt at comments that may be generated from readers who express their own opinion or have questions for the author of the original “OPINION” piece.
Isn’t one objective of an “OPINION” essay to gather comments and hear what others may have to say? It may be an opportunity to learn from others who may have a different opinion or to learn a different perspective from those who share the same opinion.
This issue is one that I have faced over and over again with regards to advocating for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Apparently there is a “right” opinion and if your opinion is different than that “right” opinion your comments may be deleted and you may be banned from further discussion.
This censorship only causes harm to those who the so-called advocates are supposedly advocating for. Without an open discussion regarding various viewpoints people will be isolated and unable to work through problems that may exist. Ignoring barriers to quality care and efforts to help support people in having a meaningful life only only makes the situation worse. Unless you live in a fantasy world.