Free Speech Letters, 7/5/11

Two points on PETA
1. Freedom of speech. PETA is over the top, but have the right to request and pay for a billboard.
2. Freedom of speech: The billboard company has the right to decide what they will advertise. It is a free country, thank God! Capitalism works based on supply and demand. Perhaps PETA needs to rethink how they tell their story.
– Melanie Knauff Scheerschmidt
Cedarville, Ohio
[RE: “Debate Forum Topic: Outdoor media: Cowardly? Or, socially responsible?” 6/7/11]

Looking slick
… I figured I should get back to you now that I’ve had a look at the new-look DCP.  MUCH better. I think: way more readable/easy on the eyes (even for geezers-in-training like me).  My wife thinks so, too. Of course there’s nothing wrong with just having good content. But good content and a good look is even better!
– Neal Gittleman

An insult to us all
This is an insult not only to the taxpayers but also to humanity. It is not our job to question the how and why of homelessness, it is our job to serve the least of us. Officers are ticketing homeless people and courts are imposing fines that no homeless person can afford let alone pay. It clogs the jails and justice system with frivolity. Before any ordinance of this kind hits the books, the mayor and council should be required to live on the streets for 30 days. Then let their high-talking sessions commence. I expect our leaders to behave better than this.
– Bill Bridges
[RE: “Debate Forum Topic: Dayton passes ordinance increasing the regulation of panhandling,” 6/28/11]

Can’t restrict freedom
So basically, because someone (1) might get hurt, or (2) might be lying to get a dollar, all panhandlers should be denied the freedom to ask people for help. I hope my freedoms don’t come down to hypothetical preemptive speculations such as these. But, like the author, I’m a fairly well-off white male adult, so I’m probably safe and secure from such government intrusions. Unlike the author, I care enough about the plight of those hard hit in these economic times not to make their lives even harder with callous policies.
– Vaughn Shannon
[RE: “Debate Forum Right: Buddy, can you spare a dime?” by David H. Landon, 6/28/11]

Dr. Seuss panhandles
Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day.
Teach him to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime.
Punch him in the mouth, and he’ll stop begging you for your damn fish.
– Eric
Dayton, Ohio
[RE: “Debate Forum Left: Everybody’s Free” by Jolene Pohl-Crowell, 6/28/11]

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