OLD LYME—Mona Colwell noticed in late October that her comments were not being published on a local media site, lymeline.com. She’s often referred to the site as “Lyme-lies” and has heard from many others that it is “a biased Democrat mouthpiece.”
Site editor Olwen Logan—whose great grandfather was also a paper editor—has published at least three letters (below) going against Colwell.
Be suspicious of Colwell’s RTC endorsement
Logan has not censored every different opinion; but Colwell’s comments are frequently excluded in regards to controversial books in school libraries. Her correspondence with the editor was summed up,
“The books in question and the fact that people are ardently standing behind and even campaigning on keeping them in front of ten year old children is very important news. By blocking comments, you are suppressing information that is important for voters. People want to know what is in the books and you are stopping the truth.”– Mona Colwell, in an email to Olwen Logan
Colwell’s latest suppressed comment addressed Old Lyme resident Gavin Lodge [edited for space]:
“Gavin wrote that these are facts:
- Mary Powell-St. Louis was one of the earliest and most prominent signers of the June petition asking the Old Lyme library to review the book, “Let’s Talk About It.”
- She attended the “Stop Book Bans” rally in Old Lyme in June, and was witnessed filming attendees of the rally in an effort to document their opposition to book bans.
- She later attended a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lyme Public Library in solidarity with an Old Lyme resident who challenged the inclusion of “Let’s Talk About It” in the Lyme Public Library.
The truth is that no one was an early or prominent signer. Each person was presented with material from the book “Let’s Talk About It” and asked if they would like to participate in asking the library to not spend our taxpayer money on children’s books that encourage illegal activities.
There is no secret mission to ban books…..Many of us in Old Lyme were upset when librarians praised banning Dr. Seuss books just a couple of years ago. I am the…resident who attended the Lyme Public library Board of Directors meeting. I was alone and came to present information….Mary Powell-St. Louis had no knowledge of the material that I was presenting.
The book “Let’s Talk About It” includes directions for children to upload naked pictures of themselves, to peruse porn sites and to chat with people in chat rooms. The majority of people agree that these are not the types of activities we are encouraging 12 or even 18 year olds to do in Lyme and Old Lyme. This entire “book banning” farce is a matter of protecting children from dangerous online activity and harm.”
We reached out to Logan for a copy of comment policies, and have not heard back as of press time. There were no other comments on the most recent article.