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Sophomore Kaitlyn Mullen engages fellow students outside the Nebraska Union last August, sharing the message of Turning Point USA, a conservative nonprofit organization that advocates for fiscal responsibility, free markets and limited government.

The recent attempt by a UNL professor, a graduate student, campus police and student union staff (all government employees, several of whom have authority over students) to intimidate a student who was simply trying to recruit for her student organization is reprehensible.

In last Sunday's editorial ("Time for UNL, senators to move past controversy," Nov. 26), the Journal Star editorial board had the temerity — or just plain liberal bias of its own — to claim "there’s not been an iota of proof to demonstrate that Mullen’s situation is somehow indicative of institutional bias against conservatives."

That is ridiculous on its face; the incident itself, and the attempt to sweep it under the rug by UNL administrators, is all the proof we need.

Imagine if this had been a lone progressive student, recruiting for some progressive student group, and UNL professors, police and other employees had participated in this same intimidation. What would the result have been? They’d have been fired without question, of course, which should have happened here.

I am deeply disappointed in my alma mater. As far as I’m concerned, it's time to clean house at UNL. So, until meaningful change takes place there, I will no longer be donating money or paying to send my kids or grandkids there. I will also oppose any taxpayer funding for UNL, and I encourage others to do the same.

Lastly, Sens. Tom Brewer, Steve Erdman and Steve Halloran should be commended for standing up for a private citizen who was simply trying to exercise her right to free speech in the face of very hostile government employees. Well done, gentlemen.

Dave Kendle, Lincoln

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