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Vote for free speech

Dear Editor:

I was happy to read that this is Banned Books Week, recognized here in Garfield County. How about we send an immediate invitation to Sarah Palin to join us here in this celebration? After all, she tried to ban “Catcher In The Rye,” “The Grapes Of Wrath,” “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “Death Of A Salesman,” “Leaves Of Grass,” “As I Lay Dying,” “Huckleberry Finn,” “Catch 22” and others (see http://www.snopes.com/politics/palin/bannedbooks.asp), a precedent set by those great thinkers, Hitler and McCarthy.

Whoops. She only suggested this banning; the Wasilla librarian said ” as she should have ” “Absolutely not.” What are you thinking in a free speech First Amendment country? Of course, that librarian was yet another who almost lost her job.

So no, guess on reflection that an invitation for her to be here for our celebration of intellectual freedom would be just silly ” she is not about First Amendment or intellectual freedom.

I implore you to think before you vote about things that really do matter. The value of free speech should be one of those considerations as it is the foundation of our country.

Cheryl Cain

Glenwood Springs


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