In response to Doug Cooper's July 8 letter to the editor, we have no choice, as the Juneau Fourth of July parade committee, but to allow all entries even though it maybe objectionable to some citizens of Juneau.
We are a small group of volunteers who work hard spending many hours from July to July trying to insure that a great parade is enjoyed by all citizens of Juneau and visitors.
The following advice was sent to the committee in a letter from the mayor in July 2004, "The Juneau Festival Association and the Fourth of July Parade Committee always recognized the importance of the First Amendment. Upon reflection, the Association and the Committee decided to follow First Amendment principles. They will approve any legal parade applicant regardless of the entry's content or message. Public authorities or interested onlookers may of course seek to discipline in the courts any entrant whose speech exceeds the wide boundaries the First Amendment allows. The Association and the Committee agree that the First Amendment protects even speech and demonstrations that may make some people uncomfortable. The Association and the Parade Committee will concentrate their effort on holding the best parades possible and encourage entrants to help them achieve that goal."
The Juneau Fourth of July Parade committee is having a post parade meeting at Donna's Restaurant at 6:30 p.m., July 12. The meeting is open to citizens of Juneau with comments of a positive nature.
Gerald J. Dorsher,
Fourth of July Parade committee