Letter to the Editor

Not being forced

Arroyo GrandeApril 18, 2014 

It seems to me that Rebecca Fernandez (“Speak with care,” letter April 11) wants it both ways. She’s all for free speech, but if she thinks it’s “hateful, ill-informed, prejudiced or homophobic” it should be kept to yourself. Thus, by extension, if Ms. Fernandez’s opinion falls into one of those categories (in my opinion), she should keep it to herself.

I fail to see how this allows free speech for anyone. If you don’t like what is being said, feel free to voice your opinion, but you don’t have the right to try to suppress the opposing opinion, which was the point Mr. Hanson was trying to make. No one is forcing you to listen; you are free to walk away, change the channel or read another commentator’s article. That is what freedom is all about.

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