(I have been covered in various capacities by the paper before: Mummified Squirrel National Park, MJEML at ArtBeat, so I appreciate that and I am not intending to force ill will upon them, but I don’t think this action was appropriate.)
I sent them this message via Facebook and e-mail, but have not received a reply yet, so I am posting this publicly, at least for the moment:
“I was a little disappointed today to find myself unfriended for disagreeing with an editorialized status update (regarding UMass closing). I wasn’t antagonistic nor was I trolling. I was expressing an opposing view. In fact, my view was what I think would be perceived objectively as the depoliticized view, whereas the status update posted expressed what I could only describe as an opportunistic anti-government dig. I hope that you encourage open discourse and choose to do better for yourselves in the future. I can no longer read your Facebook updates, so I guess I won’t know much about what you’re covering anymore.”
Update 8/25 – apparently, the entire thread has been removed.