Editor: I write in response to Ms. Blackmore who has appointed herself as editor of free speech in the Todays News-Herald’s letters column. She takes exception with Mr. Ed Schweizer on his political letters in this column. All of the letters in this column have a name at the end of them. If she does not agree with Mr. Schweizer look for his name and simply don’t read them. I myself find the frequent letters from Mr. Tunnell and Mr. Keating quite amusing, as they spout off their utopian liberal socialistic stupidity. I sincerely hope they will continue writing!

I include quotes from the past regarding free speech:

“Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.” — Winston Churchill

“There is no such thing as free speech for some. You either have free speech for everyone or you don’t have free speech at all.” — Thor Benson

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” — George Washington

“The framers of the Constitution knew that free speech is the friend of change and revolution. But they also knew that it is always the deadliest enemy of tyranny.” — Hugo Black, Justiceof the U.S. Supreme Court.

It is my sincerest hope that our institutions of higher learning re-evaluate their “speech codes”, “safe spaces”, censorship and return to sanity with regard to “Freedom of speech and the press” as stated in the first amendment of our US Constitution.

Dave Eaton

Lake Havasu City

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Dawn King

It is often said that people are entitled to their own opinions, but not to their own facts. However, as demonstrated by all of us on these comment sections (myself included), we should not blithely assume we are already abiding by it, whereas the people we disagree with are not. Most certainly, we have real and often reasonable disagreements about the values and priorities we wish for our country. At the same time, we cannot ignore that our life experiences in our very own country (I'm not including immigrants) are not identical, and that where we grow up, our financial situation, how we were raised and certain events often influence our lives and opinions. None of us on this comment section are bad people or bad Americans. I believe all of want our country and its citizens to prosper. But Unfortunately, we cannot have a serious discussion about our genuine differences and disagreements — and the challenges and opportunities they represent—until we stop hiding behind our partisan politics, religion and ideological opinions. So if someone challenges you to contradict the facts as you believe them to be, please take the time to refute their claims with factual information, not alternative facts and insults based on your beliefs. Maybe you can even change the narrative on a particular subject, or at the very least, establish some viable dialogue.

HwyRovr

Well said, Dawn, but we both know all these losers can do is attack and call names (I particularly like the fool who just learned the word "buffoon") None of them have the ability to actually provide any proof that what you or I say is in anyway not truthful.

rolson

Rover is one of the best examples of why civil discourse is absent insi many posts!! He calls anyone that does not agree with him a loser and worse.

HwyRovr

Hi, good to see you back. I hate to be a nuisance, but since you seem to have time to come here and posts inane comments I wonder if you have time to address the question I have asked you at least a dozen times since February? At that time you made the claim that “PEOPLE ARE KILLING BABIES!” I have asked you to tell us exactly who these people are who are KILLING BABIES? I am sure you must know who these people are and why your reluctance to identify them is a puzzle – unless you were being less than truthful when you made that comment. When can we expect you to provide the names to prove your statement? Thank you.

Carolyn and Fred

Dave Eaton, with great freedom comes great responsibility. Don't confuse the point of my letter.

HwyRovr

Sadly Dave goes through life confused. It's part and parcel of being a FAUX News addict.

deaton

Hey Rovr, I see you comment on many of the “Letters” here! I also noticed that you hide behind a handle and not a name. Rovr, you need to pull your head out of your CNN and smell roses! [beam][beam][beam][beam]

HwyRovr

I apologize Dave. I have been known in the area for many years (over twenty in the Tri-State and ten-and-a-half in Lake Havasu City). My name is Bob Moore and I have never made an attempt to hide it. Now will you post a picture of yourself - as I have? And BTW I never watch CNN but I am a fan of MSNBC (accuracy is important).

HwyRovr

“…they spout off their utopian liberal socialistic stupidity.” Bet that example of free speech made you very proud of yourself. I know it made me laugh out loud and thankful I did not have a mouthful of coffee when I read it. “Freedom of speech doesn't protect speech you like; it protects speech you don't like.” Larry Flynt “Most people do not really want others to have freedom of speech, they just want others to be given the freedom to say want they want to hear.” David Joseph Cribbin “Don't exercise your freedom of speech until you have exercised your freedom of thought.” Tim Fargo “Freedom of speech is not simply a freedom to think and say what you wish, but to speak for yourself, to speak from the heart, and to be accountable for your words.” Ian Mccallum “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” George Orwell

rolson

Then why do you call people who disagree with your statements losers?? Why do the lose anything for not agreeing with your liberal views??

HwyRovr

You mean an actual thinking, rational person posted the following, “…they spout off their utopian liberal socialistic stupidity.” Sorry, but I look on anyone spewing such garbage to be a loser. And I am curious what you are trying to say with this comment, “Why do the lose anything…”? And while you are here with lost of time on your hands I wonder if you would reply to the question I have asked you a dozen times since February? At that time you made the claim that “PEOPLE ARE KILLING BABIES!” I have asked you to tell us exactly who these people are who are KILLING BABIES? I am sure you must know who these people are and why your reluctance to identify them is a puzzle – unless you were being less than truthful when you made that comment. When can we expect you to provide the names to prove your statement? Thank you.

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