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I want to let you know that I will no longer attend events at your venue in the future. The cancellation of Kathy Griffin was an example of a group cave-in bandwagon that you jumped on. Only, as far as I know, did Jim Carrey come out in support of the comedian's right to present an artistic comment of her views about our political scene. You, as a presenter of art in many forms, bailed.

When a Danish newspaper published a cartoon that offended Muslims, I did not feel anywhere near the outrage in this country as what Ms. Griffin has faced. Even after she apologized, the shaming continued by supposedly left-wingers, including a former comedian turned senator. Talk about sucking up/caving to your constituency.

The picture, for some, was vulgar. But for some of us, it is not even close to the vulgarness that it was aimed at. Xenophobia, misogyny, dismantling the EPA, undoing public schools, polluting the environment, exiting the Paris accords, attempts to break Planned Parenthood, reactivating obsolete drug laws to further crowd out prisons -- now these are vulgar behaviors.

A picture can convey a thousand words, but political behaviors can harm or kill thousands or more human beings, under the camouflage of patriotism and "make America great again." America can continue to be great only when comedians and others have the right to comment on the present times they are experiencing. When it is vulgar, discussion will ensue. They may have to apologize.

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But in this instance, you and others missed the point. We need discussion, not banning, whether it be Kathy Griffin or Ann Coulter.

You missed the opportunity to have a great evening in your beautiful club.

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Bob Baron

Santa Rosa

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