Within the last few weeks, two letters were published that expressed strong disagreement with columnist Sid Schwab’s views on current events and demanded that his column be dropped from The Herald.
These writers have the right to express those opinions, which they did on the opinion page of this paper. No entity has denied them that First amendment right. What these writers seem not to realize is that same right extends to those of us who hold different views. They disagree with Schwab; therefore, no one should have access to his column. Evidently these readers think only views with which they agree are appropriate for publication.
What about the rest of us? Should we be sent to re-education camp so we accept their “truth.” The First amendment applies to a broad spectrum of viewpoints. Too bad these writers didn’t learn that in high school civics. Democracy is a messy form of government, but as Winston Churchill said is is better than any other that has been tried so far in human history.
A basic tenet of democracy is that people will disagree and no one viewpoint should have the power to “cancel” other viewpoints.