Slander, passing judgment and the First Amendment |

Slander, passing judgment and the First Amendment

A response to letter-writer Matt Krane: What is more “ignorant, repulsive and inept,” to use slanderous words and pass judgment on one you’ve never met, or for one to simply invoke his First Amendment privileges?

The letter I wrote about the smoking ban obviously had the desired effect – to inflame. But to label one you’ve never met as being somewhat of a lower life than your distinguished and honorable self seems to be more ignorant and repulsive than making analogies, albeit bad ones – admittedly.

My point of the original letter was not to flat-out call the representatives of Summit County government Nazis, but instead to point out how far things like this can go.

About the point Mr. Krane made about knowing people who survived the Holocaust, I say this: I am a first-generation American. My grandparents were themselves Hungarian survivors.

In retrospect, perhaps the use of the phrase “yellow stars” was not in the best of taste. However, the words were meant to get people to think for themselves.

Nathan Slater


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