Danville Express

Perspective - March 23, 2007

Letters to the editor

The right to disagree

Dear Editor:

I was somewhat surprised by the letter in the March 16 "Danville Weekly," which you appropriately titled "Keep politics out of parade." The SRV Kiwanis Service Club does a great service to Danville each year, as in 2006, by expending great effort putting on the Fourth of July Parade, commemorating the action of the delegates to the Second Continental Congress, Declaring the Independence of the 13 original States of America, from Great Britain.

What sets our Country apart from say, Hitler's Germany, or Stalin's Russia, is we have built in to our Declaration, the Constitution which followed it, and the Laws based on the Constitution, the right to disagree on anything, and to settle those differences by free political elections held at least every two years. This constitutes our American Civil Liberties (as in the ACLU). In our differences lie our strengths.

Nothing much shocks or angers me anymore, and I defend to the death Mr. Yakoubovsky's right to say or write whatever he wishes, within the bounds of good taste.

Ralph Hoffmann, Danville

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