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Editoral: City overreacts in censoring emails

Original post made on Feb 26, 2013

Menlo Park's decision to delete a flood of emails sent to the City Council in support of a fired gymnastics instructor raises serious questions about how far a city can go to ostensibly protect itself from a potential defamation lawsuit.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 12:00 AM


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Posted by Pot Calling the Kettle Black
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Feb 26, 2013 at 3:33 pm

I think it is the height of hypocrisy for the Almanac to excoriate the City for censoring e-mails when it expurgates, with great gusto and regularity, blogs that either criticize its leftist doctrine or promote a conservative view point.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 26, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I don't know the teacher involved and so have no feeling or information as to her termination. But I am thoroughly disgusted by the behavior of our city government in erasing messages posted on the city website or emails sent to city council members for that matter. Exactly what is the difference between someone speaking at a council meeting and someone sending the city or council an email saying the same thing? There is none. The city may not be able to comment on a confidential personnel matter, but I CAN. I have a right to address my government for redress of greivances. It matters not what form that address takes. The city needs to seriously rethink its position on the erasure of emails.

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Posted by Leftist and laughing
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 27, 2013 at 9:48 am

Pot, thanks for helping me begin my day with a smile. Leftist doctrine? What a fanciful mind you have. But more to the point: Are you aware that the city is LEGALLY obligated to make emails to the council available to the public? Where's the law that says a news blog must leave up all comments posted on its privately owned site? Do you get the difference between public (as in public records) and private?