Legislature shouldn’t censor citizens’ comments

The editorial in the Monday, May 13 edition of the B.C. Herald is titled “When Salem’s right not to listen.” However, the editorial itself does not even mention Salem not listening but instead defends Salem’s assumed right to censor. Salem does indeed have the right not to listen just as we all do. But the first amendment of our constitution prohibits government from telling us what we can or cannot say. This especially holds true in a public setting such as a hearing before a committee of a legislative body where the public is invited to express its views on the topic under consideration. I find the views of Thomas Madison and Mark DeCoursey to be repugnant in the extreme. But I am also greatly alarmed by the Herald’s endorsing chairman Doherty’s censorship of these individuals.

Sig Siefkes

Baker City

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