LETTERS: Free speech requires spirited defense

To the editor:

I read with interest but great disappointment the letters demanding the removal of the comic strip “Mallard Fillmore.” The strip is always amusing and sometimes political, but always satirical.

Today, as the French mourn the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, there are Americans who respect freedom of speech so little that they would attempt to silence a comic strip. First, if you don’t like it, just don’t read it. Second, maybe it would do you good to visit a veterans cemetery and remember the price that has been paid so we can enjoy freedom of speech.



President snubs Paris

To the editor:

I see the White House and President Barack Obama are getting some flak for not attending the rally in Paris after the recent terrorist attack (“White House admits mistake with march,” Jan. 13 Review-Journal). The president was probably too busy planning his next golf vacation.

How can we expect him to do the job he was elected to do? He continues to show the world what many Americans already know — that he only cares about himself, the great pretender in chief.



Safer bus stops

To the editor:

Regarding the recent bus stop accident (“Bus stop crash hospitalizes five,” Jan. 11 Review-Journal), to help prevent injuries, concrete jersey barrier rails could be installed at most bus stops. At the ones with less clearance due to the surrounding property area, permanent rails could be installed, using the gutter and the curb area, so that they would still conform to requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.



Front-page worthy

To the editor:

I was disappointed to see the article regarding the achievement of Faith Lutheran High School students on the back of the Business section (“Faith Lutheran students advance in app design competition,” Jan. 15 Review-Journal). The students won the title of best-in-state in the Innovative App Challenge and are going on to a regional competition.

Why wasn’t this article on the front page? Every time you read the paper or listen to the news, there is dialogue about how to better our schools, and yet when some of our best and brightest achieve such recognition, it is relegated to the last page. I do hope this is not because Faith Lutheran is a private Christian school. Students need to be recognized for their achievements, as do the schools for their innovative teaching of our future leaders — no matter what school they attend.



‘Free’ community college

To the editor:

I see that our money-is-no-object president has proposed providing two years of “free” community college for everyone (“Obama plans to propose free community college,” Jan. 9 Review-Journal). It is estimated to cost around $60 billion over 10 years, but that is only an estimate, as he has not worked out all the minor details.

Let’s get Jonathan Gruber of Obamacare fame to jump right in on figuring out the specifics and costs, so that the American public (who are too stupid to understand it) will rest well knowing their government has a handle on this. I assume there will be a provision for bailing out and forgiving those who accept the education but drop out before completing any meaningful program? We can’t burden them with unfair education debt.

Mr. President, as long as you’re throwing out a few billion more dollars in taxpayer money at the expense of an unsustainable national debt, why not throw in a new car (GM is alive) and a provision for quarterly beer bashes (we can call them “beer summits”) so that students can relax a bit, as well? If you like your community college education, you can keep your community college education. That has a ring to it.



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