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Response to West Virginia man's letter

Published: March 22, 2017 12:00 AM


In the March 17th edition of the Wheeling Intelligencer, Mr. J. Cohen of West Virginia notes that "we have friends, neighbors and family members that have horrible political beliefs." I would ask, based on whose criteria? Is not civil liberty the ability to hold whatever political views you wish?

He goes on to say, "We need to change minds." How so? Indoctrination camps for those that do not share the views of the ACLU? Is this North Korea, where dissent is unacceptable? Already too many people are nervous to express opinions because they may run afoul of political correctness. Are West Virginians entitled to independent thought and opinion?

Finally, Mr. Cohen makes the remark -- "Come on it is West Virginia," what does that mean? How dare you sir, be so arrogant and condescending. Mr. Cohen says that "we can at least talk" -- but perhaps only when he hears what he and his cronies wish to hear.

Mr. Cohen, free speech still exists in the U.S. despite the best efforts of people who wish to stifle alternative views

Russell Lee-Wood, M.D.

Barnesville, Ohio

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efenster Mar 25, 2017 4:03 PM

It is quite suprising that Russell Lee-Wood seems to cite the ACLU as an enemy of free speech: "How so? Indoctrination camps for those that do not share the views of the ACLU?"

The ACLU has spent nearly a century defending the first amendment free speech rights of even the most reprehensible people and organizations, most memorably going to court in 1978 to defend the right of a neo-Nazi group to march through a neighborhood in Skokie IL where many holocaust survivors lived.

To equate the "views of the ACLU" with opposition to free speech is to turn history on its head.