Condemning Roundup For Article Goes Against Framer's Intentions

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Editor:

Whoa, whoa, whoa.

Last time I checked, we were "One nation under God."

Apparently, we are a "community where religion is a large part of many readers' lives" and, as a result, "I would not put a story about a topless dancer on the front page of the paper again."

Poppycock. To paraphrase Patrick Henry, "While I may not agree with what you say, I will defend with my life your right to say it."

I find it interesting that this week my wife and I were able to sign the Constitution at the Payson Library, which preserves the right of free speech, press and religion and then the Payson Roundup is being condemned for a front page article. How hypocritical.

The beauty of "Freedom of Choice" is that you can choose not to read the front page, not to buy the paper, or try to steer the wayward child (as those who complain) in the right direction. Even better, why not stand out from and protest against the business that has your ire.

As a last resort, restraining the press is antithetical to what our framers created.

John G. Wakelin, Payson

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