Thanks for the articulate comment, Shannon. I couldn’t agree more. Our country exists in large part because other countries in the world denied people the ability to voice alternate viewpoints to the majority. One thing I struggle with as a federal communicator is resisting the urge to stop a conversation or to limit access to those viewpoints that I know aren’t going to be “helpful.” However, as long as those viewpoints aren’t hurtful, I feel as though it’s my obligation as a steward of public trust and user of taxpayer money, to limit expression and access to my programs and colleagues as little as possible. “Negative nellies” pay taxes too.