Opinions shouldn't fuel media frenzies

Posted7/8/2015 1:00 AM

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" is an often-quoted phrase written by Evelyn B. Hall (not Voltaire) so long ago.

But although the First Amendment guarantees our right to freedom of speech, along with other freedoms, no one pays any attention anymore unless it suits their ideals and motives.


The recent flap over Donald Trump's remarks, the sports owner who is taken down over words said in private, the politicians who fall from grace, the athletes whose careers are ruined, and so on. Why isn't anyone entitled to their opinion anymore?

"Politically correct" has gone too far. No matter what the issue, someone will make a media frenzy out of anything said that they disagree with. Aren't you tired of it?

We all talk to our friends and families and voice our own opinions. If they were printed in the newspaper, you would have to move out of your neighborhood.

Think about it. Let's stop the overreaction to what folks say. It is their opinion and doesn't have to be yours, but we should all be fighting for their right to say it.

Joanne Reisener


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