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Free speech

| Friday, May 24, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

Free speech

As I tune into the TV's array of distasteful situation comedies, graphic violence and sexuality and hear the foul language, all protected by the freedom of speech, I surf the channels looking for something more to my liking. I remember that not everyone's taste is the same as mine and practice tolerance.

The freedom of speech is the concept that there is the political right to communicate one's opinions and ideas using one's body or property to anyone who is willing to receive them. But I have the individual right and responsibility to monitor what information I receive as my conscience dictates and develop a tolerance for the rights of others.

Freedom of speech has limitations on what is deemed libelous, slanderous, obscene or seditious. This right is also invoked to remain silent; the Miranda right.

So if there are those who are offended by the Ten Commandments, let them remember the freedom-of-speech right and to use their own discretion as to whether they wish to look upon them and to practice tolerance of other's rights.

Lucinda Vinoski

Vanderbilt

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