Freedom of speech

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, July 18, 2004

I've always been proud of the fact that free speech is rampant in Juneau's Fourth of July Parade. I saw the George Bush parody and recognize that parody of the president is as old as the republic. Abe Lincoln was parodied before and after his election. Abe proved them wrong with his policies and his words.

I'm astonished that conservatives like Richard Schmitz would veer from their defense of free speech because of a mask in a public parade on the fourth, of all days. Let's keep our parade free and not diminish political speech. Hey, there were religious floats, peacenik floats, ethnic floats, so why not a political parody in a mask.

Let them wear masks, I say. Drop the idea of restricting parade content. If it ain't illegal, let's allow it in the parade. Conservatives, re-read the Bill of Rights.

Richard Steele


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