Democracy relies on free speech for all
My old friend Ricard Colyer’s April 25 letter (“Far left Democrats are eroding our rights”) is muddled, lots of ancestors pursuing the “pursuit of happiness,” and displays a fundamental ignorance of the right to free speech.
The First Amendment prohibits Congress from “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.”
Logically, if someone chooses to identify a White conservative as a White supremacist and people who object to the far left agenda as racist, he or she is free to do that, especially, if as is often the case, that characterization is true.
That is what free speech means. Far from eroding our constitutional freedoms, the dramatic expansion of contending ideas in the public square (including the internet) is a strong affirmation of them.
“Patriotic” Americans come in all shapes, sizes, colors and ethnicities, and all of us share the same rights.
Mr. Colyer wonders if America will still be a democracy four years from now?
My answer is a resounding yes.
And it may even be a more equitable and inclusive one as well.
Peter J. Johnson
Sexual harassment not a new problem
Whether it is Andrew Cuomo, Donald Trump or Santa Claus, sexual harassment of women in the workplace or anywhere else is disgusting and morally wrong.
However, this is not a new problem. It has been going on since the days of Thomas Jefferson. As a matter of fact, there are two judges currently serving in the Supreme Court who were accused of sexual harassment.
Clarence Thomas, appointed by George H. W. Bush in 1991, was accused by Anita Hill and Brett Cavanaugh, appointed by Donald J. Trump in 2020, was accused by Christine Blasey Ford.
Both of these women are competent and well educated and would never have subjected themselves to the humiliation of a public hearing unless they were not being absolutely truthful.
Boys will be boys, but at some point, they should grow up to be gentlemen.
Sheehan reveals where allegiances lie
Kathy Sheehan, mayor of Albany, has demonstrated blatant disregard and disrespect for Black and Brown people.
Sheehan insultingly compared the April 21 protest of police brutality to the riot at the U.S. Capitol.
She may have apologized, but it’s clear where her allegiance lies — not with the hearts of the people. What an onerous comment and one that deeply grieves me as a provider and vocal constituent.
It is insulting to compare the breaking of a window of a paramilitary fort to endangering the lives of our civilian representatives at the U.S. Capitol.
Please support #AllOfUs and the right to free speech.
Had these been White protesters, pepper spray and tear gas would have been employed to a much lesser degree. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
K. Natalia Granger
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