Susan, of course, is free to print pictures of all the dead bears she wants. She is also free to admit that she doesn't always look at what goes into her paper, which Susan did this week. Trust me, nobody would be surprised, and she is hardly the only person who doesn't bother even looking at the thing.
However, people are also free to object to anything in her paper that offends them, and as the local taxpayer supported adjudicated publication of record, The Mountain Views News is obliged to at least acknowledge their opinions. And, should they complain about something she publishes in her paper, they are not practicing censorship as this absurdly self-reverential tax beneficiary accuses them, they are exercising their right to free speech. And as such do not deserve to be demeaned by her in so unhappy a manner.
More Susan nonsense. The reason she fills her op-ed pages with mind-numbing bromides from the likes Michael Reagan and John L. Micek is, as residents of far off places who have probably never even heard of Sierra Madre, they are highly unlikely to offend any of Henderson's local business and government cronies. In other words, she has effectively banned from her paper all local political opinion except hers because she fears it might interfere with her downtown cash hustle.
Unless, of course, you happen to be a bear. Or you are a free thinking local columnist such as Rich Johnson. Or folks writing in to complain about something they found offensive in her paper, as Beacon Media Editor Terry Miller did recently. Then you are at-risk of being labeled an enemy of free speech and censored by its #1 self-interested defender, Susan Henderson.
An irony that should be lost on nobody.