Re: “Reject wrathful diatribes, or find someone who will,” Wednesday:
The First Amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, ensuring that there is no prohibition on the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, etc.
Nowhere does it specify that letters to the editor must meet the approval of H.L. Flan.
You say that nothing in Mr. Hinson’s letter contributes to meaningful discussion. That sounds like an opinion. How is it your opinion becomes gospel that the minions must follow?
You say you should not have to push the delete button. I totally agree. Instead, turn the page. Read the sports page or whatever else grabs you. You say you are pleased that Mr. Hinson has been publicly insulted. Is that your Christian upbringing? Before one can be insulted, one must first consider the source of the insult. I take it you are still smarting from your loss in the recent presidential election.
Next, you blame The Wilson Times and suggest that maybe a new editor is required because the present one doesn’t meet with your approval. Sounds like the Democratic way. If you don’t like the way something pans out, riot, threaten to leave the country — but then please go, don’t just threaten — shout down those whose speech you don’t agree with and implore your congressmen to be obstructionist in their congressional activities.
Do you realize how comical you sound? You want a different editor who can discriminate between what is reasoned, insightful, respectful, factual and worth printing. Do we need your stamp of approval before we submit a letter to The Wilson Times?
I believe you and the other individual who started all this should get together and draft a manifesto that would provide us fledgling writers with guidance as to what is good and just and most of all, soothing to your delicate sensibilities.
We live in America. We have been guaranteed freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Relish it. If you can’t, learn to live with it.