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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: First Amendment
April 4, 2014 at 6:03 AM

McCutcheon v. FEC: Amend the Constitution

The Supreme Court’s most recent ruling on McCutcheon v. FEC should be the last straw for “We The People” [“Ruling loosens reins on political donations,” Nation & World, April 2]. The five majority judges seem out of touch with how democracy should really work — one person, one vote. It is time to amend the…

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August 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Town-hall protests: exercising freedom or hurting discourse?

Not just conservatives protesting ‘Obamacare’ It’s interesting to note there’s not a word of concern heard from the Democratic leadership when Conservative speakers are shouted down by organized liberal students and those allegedly from unions and minority groups or when conservative guest speakers are uninvited by colleges and universities for fear their words might lead…

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August 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Town-hall protests: legitimate free speech or dirty tactics?

Deceit has frightened people protesting at forums The people who are confronting elected officials at health-care forums are angry and frightened at the thought of reform. Of course they are. Very clever liars have told them that if health-care reform passes, they will no longer be able to visit their doctor and that illegal immigrants will…

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July 24, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Gates arrest: Was officer wrong to take him in?

Gates incident an example of oversensitivity to race Sgt. James Crowley seems to have followed proper procedures ["Was arrest of Harvard scholar act of racism?" News, July 21]. Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested for his hostile and verbal actions, which are common to law-enforcement work and security. I worked security for one of the major…

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May 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Freedom and vulgarity

Point of amendment is free expression everywhere While it is easy to sympathize with Joyce Lashua’s distaste for language she finds offensive, her opinion indicates that she agrees with the concept of free speech so long as it is not distasteful or offensive to her ["Free speech: offensive language," Opinion, Northwest Voices, May 4]. She generously…

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