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Letter: Freedom of speech needs to be practiced responsibly

Freedom of speech needs to be practiced responsibly

In response to Jeff Simon’s commentary regarding “The Interview,” this is one of the few times that I agree with him. Ah, but that is a subject for another letter.

We enjoy the rights granted to us by the Constitution of the United States, including freedom of speech. However, with all rights comes responsibility. While we have freedom of speech, we cannot, or should not, exercise that right if our “speech” will potentially harm others. Think of racial comments, sexual harassment, yelling “fire” in a crowded theater, etc.

Furthermore, we live in a global society, including a multitude of cultures that are vastly different than ours. Thus, we must act responsibly, and we must consider the impact of our free speech on others. As Simon said, “It’s called empathy.”

William D. Morrison

Hamburg