We can’t be selective about freedoms | SummitDaily.com

We can’t be selective about freedoms

It was very interesting to read all the letters lately of people defending our First Amendment right to free speech after a letter writer had written that he’d like to see the opinion page be done away with because he didn’t like some of the letters and cartoons he had seen in it.What was even more interesting was that some of those very same people who were gallantly defending our rights to free speech were hugely instrumental in stripping other people’s rights and freedoms away through the smoking bans in the county.Apparently some people only believe in defending the freedoms they agree with.There are many similarities between people wanting to take away free speech because they are offended by what they read and people taking away the right for people to choose to partake in or to allow a perfectly legal activity in their business.If you see something you don’t like in the opinion page, you turn the page. You don’t try to eliminate it. If you go to, or work at, a restaurant or bar that allows smoking and you don’t like it, you go somewhere else. You shouldn’t try to eliminate it either.Come on Summit County, we can do better than just defending the freedoms with which we all agree.Stand up and defend the right for everybody to make their own decisions on how to run their lives and their businesses. Sign the petition to amend the smoking ban to allow smoking after 10 p.m. in the bars.

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