Freedom of speech! I believe Don Smith is entitled to his First Amendment rights, as is everyone else in this country. The recent letters chastising the publisher of the Juneau Empire for exercising this privilege were mean spirited and just plain malicious. Juneau is too small and life is too short to articulate your feelings in such a vindictive manner. You, too, are entitled to your rights, but don't forget that many people read the paper from all walks of life. Most of these people you will never meet. The only impression they may ever have of you is the way in which you choose to express yourself. Think about it.