Not only was I surprised when the site administrator closed the discussion on local economics but I was also a bit put off when he said that people were being offended and that those of us who wanted to have such discussions should go post elsewhere.
I was unaware of the ban on "political" postings. From the replies that followed, I don't think anyone was offended by this post. Our declining national economy with 533,000 people laid off in November should be a source of concern for anyone.
I think a gentle warning would have sufficed. I don't think any of us were posting in a malicious fashion. The comments made about the current administration and the incoming administration were related to economics.
I understand that the site administration sets forum policy. With this being said, I will also point out that there are also other culinary forums. Insofar as I'm a culinary arts instructor, there are even several teacher forums where I would be welcomed.
I have chosen to post here because I enjoyed the sense of community. I now feel that a door has been slammed in my face, so I will respectfully exercise my right to post elsewhere.