Right to free speech is under attack

By Vic and Dawn Ullrey


Dear Editor:

To have an opinion and voice it or to keep it to yourself -- what would you do?

Our First Amendment right to free speech is under attack in an organized, subtle and clever way. The recent articles in the papers concerning Facebook and a Republican committee person are an example. In our opinion, it had nothing to do with racism or sensitivity but is an orchestrated attempt to destroy your right to free speech, otherwise why would it have received national press attention so quickly? The party has received only about 200 phone calls and emails over the last two weeks, the majority of them being from the media. Most of the rest were responses from people who live out of state. The media appears to have tried to make a mole hill into a mountain. Why? To silence you, especially if it is considered politically incorrect! Who wants to be viciously attacked for an opinion? There are people in this country trying to intimidate the opposition. Laws are not necessary, they just need to name call and bully someone else as an example of what might happen to you if you don't surrender your right to free speech.

Our founders were willing to sacrifice their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to obtain freedom and protect your right to have an opinion and voice it. The question is, will you have the courage to do so in the face of these tactics?

Vic and Dawn Ullrey
Paonia