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Institution not diverse in its views

Editor, OBSERVER:

Wall Street Journal Publisher Almar Latour must not have attended Chautauqua Institution recently.

A review of the speakers in recent years shows that his statement (Wall Street Journal editorial Aug. 13-14) that Chautauqua “hosts open discussion as well as championing diversity of thought, religious pluralism and free expression” is not true any more.

As a fourth generation Chautauqua attendee who has participated since the 1950’s, it is clear to me that Chautauqua allows only one perspective now.

Due to the lack of diversity of expression, the independent Advocates for Balance at Chautauqua was created to provide the missing forum for conservative voices at the institution.

Indeed, a Journal columnist, Jason Riley, was an ABC speaker on Aug 8 at Chautauqua. Riley, author of “Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed” would otherwise not have had the opportunity to speak at the Institution.

KAREN ENGSTROM,

Mayville

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