Twice in the last several months I've been told that I'm not allowed to
discuss issues because I'm not *directly* affected by those issues. One
of those issues I am indirectly affected and the other was just a water
cooler issue.

Now I take issue with this notion in varying degrees. First off if the
issue has anything to do with this country and it's citizens then I have
every right to voice my opinion (educated or uneducated) same as anybody

The other one I might agree with to some degree. I still think I have a
right to voice my opinion, but I would be wise to exercise my right to
remain silent.