Originally scheduled to speak at the University of Wyoming earlier this month, controversial figure Bill Ayers is now re-scheduled to visit Laramie April 28th, although the venue is yet to be announced, because he's been banned from speaking on the UW campus. Colorado lawyer David Lane says that that action violated Ayers 1st Amendment right to Free Speech.
Ayers co-founded the radical group Weather Underground in the late 1960s. The group was responsible for bombing public buildings -- including the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon -- in protest of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. He now is an education professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
When he was initially going to speak on campus, at the invitation of the UW Social Justice Research Center, public outcry from around the state was so strong that the Center's Director, Francisco Rios, canceled the presentation.
The controversy prompted this week's Bank of Sheridan/sheridanmedia.com poll question: "Should Bill Ayers be allowed to speak at the University of Wyoming?"
Let us know what you think. Cast your vote on our homepage, and feel free to leave appropriate comments. Then be sure to tune in to NewsTalk 930 KROE to hear the results this Friday morning on the Jackson Electric Open Line.