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melissa-broadway's picture
Nov.11.2010
“With Rights come Responsibilities.”  A phrase I had heard all my life from my parents became eternally paired for me with “Actions have Consequences” in 1994.  Being told to "watch my mouth" finally sunk in.  As a teenager in the late 1960’s, I was very aware of people who were penalized...
martin-mcmorrow's picture
Nov.11.2010
"Freedom is a word I seldom use without thinking..."(Donovan Leach).  My own history makes me less free than any doctrine or rule.  It is just the way it is.  We may behave differently though.  We may.  If we are encouraged to speak, to share, to "let loose." I am thinking about...
quenntis-ashby's picture
Nov.11.2010
There is no freedom of speech when your speech is censored. There is no freedom of speech when you always watch what you say. There is no freedom of speech. There is no freedom of speech when your words are edited to toe the line. There is no freedom of speech when you watch what you write. There...
kristi-bernard's picture
Nov.11.2010
  Freedom to speak is a wonderful thing. We are free to walk the walk and talk the talk whenever and wherever we see fit. But there is a WARNING (yes, capitalized, bold and in italics) tag that should follow us as well. It is a reminder that what we say can and will come back to haunt us. It...
david-radavich's picture
Nov.11.2010
It is a mistake to imagine expression is ever free. There is always a price. The question is who pays, and when, and why. Am I free to express the wind? Of course—if I can. But most expression is of a decidedly mundane sort that carries hidden penalties. Often we distort truth to make those around...
carin-hennessey's picture
Nov.11.2010
There are times when a person should listen instead of speak.  In the world that we live, everyone is always talking.  I wonder if anyone even listens anymore.  I like to think of myself as someone who listens. There are definitely times when a person should speak!  Throughout the history of the...
ron-mcelroy's picture
Nov.11.2010
"Tarred and feathered", "rode hard and put up wet", "hung out to dry". What is it about our culture that makes us fight so hard for something only to drive it into oblivion? Freedom of speech is just one of the freedoms that a venture to a new world, a revolution and...
christopher-cudworth's picture
Nov.10.2010
What does it mean to have freedom of speech? Most people would say that freedom of speech is guaranteed in America, a republic that built such protections into its very fiber through its Constitution and Bill of Rights. But again, what does having freedom of speech really mean? Legally it means...
marilyn-jaye-lewis's picture
Nov.10.2010
“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” – Wendell Phillips, 1852  In October, 1998, Congress passed and President Clinton signed into law the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), the federal law that criminalized constitutionally protected speech on the Internet. [47 U.S.C. 231:  “Whoever...
jesus-villalobos's picture
Nov.10.2010
Freedom as long as you do not speak about Jesus or put up a cross in a public place. Nativity scenes are also a no-no. LOL. They just do not stop. The supreme court can have the ten commandments posted but not a bank. LOL. If this is not the epitomy of hypocrisy I do not know what is. They strain...