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May 3, 2009 at 4:49 PM

The Times on free speech

Offensive language infringes on others’ freedom

I would like to disagree with The Times’ April 30 editorial [“Supreme Court flubs First Amendment case,” Opinion]. While I agree with freedom of speech, I see it more as having the freedom to disagree with other people, laws, policies, etc.

In my opinion, freedom implies responsibility. If my freedom impinges on your freedom, there is something wrong with my concept of freedom. In the case of word choice, you are certainly free to use any words you want in your own home, with your group of friends and with those who hold the same views.

However, if your use of vulgar language offends a large block of people who consider it obscene and don’t like to hear such vulgarities, what have you done to their freedom? Where is the basic respect and responsibility that should be inherent in freedom?

— Joyce Lashua, Mukilteo

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