POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Sarah the censor

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 3, 2008

excerpts from an article by By WILLIAM YARDLEY NYT 9-3-08


Shortly after becoming mayor, former city officials and Wasilla residents said, Ms. Palin approached the town librarian about the possibility of banning some books.

Ann Kilkenny, a Democrat who said she attended every City Council meeting in Ms. Palin’s first year in office, said Ms. Palin brought up the idea of banning some books at one meeting. “They were somehow morally or socially objectionable to her,” Ms. Kilkenny said.

The librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, pledged to “resist all efforts at censorship,” Ms. Kilkenny recalled.

Ms. Palin fired Ms. Emmons shortly after taking office but changed course after residents made a strong show of support. Ms. Emmons, who left her job and Wasilla a couple of years later, declined to comment for this article.


4 Responses to “* Sarah the censor”

  1. Kerry said

    If that was indeed her list (hers or a representation of her choices) I can proudly say that I have read at least a 1/3 of those books 😉

    Gotta love when they attack the classics, “As I Lay Dying”??? Please! I’ve give them Chaucer though, but only the middle English version I had to suffer through in college!

  2. Kevin "The other son of liberal" said

    Getting back to the topic of this article, she wanted to remove certain books becasue SHE did not like them. Was her religion telling her what she should read? That is fine for you to make that decision for yourself, but you cannot dictate to me what you think I should read. Nowhere in the article were guns mentioned!

  3. Chris "son of a liberal" said

    September 5, 2008, 2:38 pm
    Obama: ‘I’m Not Going to Take Your Guns Away’
    Christopher Cooper reports from Duryea, Pa., on the presidential race.

    The Obama campaign talks a lot about new ideas and expanding the political map, but in the swing state of Pennsylvania, which the campaign has focused on almost exclusively since the Democratic convention, old-school issues still rise to the fore.

    The latest example came Friday during a small political event at SCHOTT North America Inc., a glass factory in Duryea, Pa., where even a hand-picked crowd threw Barack Obama a curve ball.

    A woman in the crowd told Obama she had “heard a rumor” that he might be planning some sort of gun ban upon being elected president. Obama trotted out his standard policy stance, that he had a deep respect for the “traditions of gun ownership” but favored measures in big cities to keep guns out of the hands of “gang bangers and drug dealers’’ in big cities “who already have them and are shooting people.”

    “If you’ve got a gun in your house, I’m not taking it,’’ Obama said. But the Illinois senator could still see skeptics in the crowd, particularly on the faces of several men at the back of the room.

    So he tried again. “Even if I want to take them away, I don’t have the votes in Congress,’’ he said. “This can’t be the reason not to vote for me. Can everyone hear me in the back? I see a couple of sportsmen back there. I’m not going to take away your guns.’’


  4. Kevin said

    This does not surprise me.

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