Wednesday’s open line

Home in Henderson considers free speech to be among the most precious of our American freedoms. Of all the things we can talk about, the freedom to have open political discourse is certainly a cornerstone of our way of life.

That being said, we were troubled to read in Rick Palomar’s email this phrase: “If you are a resident of the City of Henderson I ask that you get out and encourage your employees to get out and vote for…” (emphasis ours) followed by Palomar’s preferred slate of candidates.

An employer holds obvious power over an employee and, arguably, enormous influence. Does “encouragement” to an employee by an employer to vote a certain way disrupt the political process by compromising a person’s freedom to choose, or is it, in fact, free political speech?

Let us know your thoughts on today’s open line.