Last August was a milestone for Designers Circle.  After 13 years I stopped writing my “Soapbox” and sharing my thoughts and opinions on everything.  It was a decision I made based on several factors going on in my life at the time.  

My decision to resume writing what many people would consider “an opinion piece,” was Facebook.  I posted a picture of a policeman wearing a vest and holding a gun, couldn’t even tell you what kind of gun, with the words “Do you support the Police?” across the picture.  The picture was removed by FB and substituted with this notice “This content isn’t available right now. When this happens, it’s usually because the owner only shared it with a small group of people, changed who can see it or it’s been deleted.”

The only thing true in that state is that it was deleted, not by me, but by FB which they should state.  Yes, I have seen that notice on other people’s posts but since I don’t post anything political or controversial, I didn’t think I’d ever see it on my FB page. 

I do believe in the 2nd Amendment and yes, I do understand that Facebook is a private company with shareholders. Profits are first, not principles.  That being said, I will no longer participate in Facebook by posting anything to my accounts – Nancy Hugo CKD and Designers Circle.  I will instead post pictures and comments in this column like I have done in the past on Facebook.  Here’s the rub:  I own Designers Circle so no one can censure what I write or post. 

I will be adding to “In my Opinion”  frequently.  I encourage you to comment on my posts, and to share your thoughts and ideas.

By the way, many of my soapbox articles from last year are still available under this column.