I will keep post-hoc editing of my posts to a minimum, and I will try to be as clear as possible about what I've edited. In other words, once I've written a post, I would like readers to be confident that what I've said is there to stay. I may, from time to time, tweak the formatting, especially in the beginning as I try navigate the in's and out's of the blogger templates. In exceptional circumstances, I may delete a post, but even then I pledge to announce such deletion and explain the reasons for it.So I put the posts back up, but until now have written nothing more.
I have now decided to reopen comments and to recommence blogging, at least occasionally. My original fears--that continuing to blog might harm my own interests--stemmed from my own realization that I might very well be outside of the bargaining unit. I believed that should the university realize I had gone out with the union during its two-day strike back in February--even though I did so in full belief and in good faith that I was in the bargaining unit--it could fire me.
I have decided that the risk is probably very minimal and that regardless the risk is worth it. I also believe that the doings of a union that represents public employees are matters of public concern. That does not mean the union has no prerogative to deliberate privately, but it does mean that I, as a private citizen, can comment upon the union's actions and its public statements. I realize that recently, the U of I system has taken actions that call into question its commitment to respecting the private speech of its employees. But I believe everything I have said on this blog so far falls into realm of bona fide political speech. And I'll also point out that I never visit this blog while at work and have never logged into this blog account or email from work or from a workplace computer.
So, the blog is back up.