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Freedom of Speech Assists Government

Freedom of Speech Assists Government
As Published in the Bellingham Herald on May 10th, 1998

On March 19 The Herald ran a story about a party that denied my request to renew my membership because of my involvement with another organization.

The helmsman cannot steer a ship without a countervailing force. The wind moves the ship in one direction only. It is through the use of opposing forces that a ship steers clear of the shoals that will destroy it.

Our founding fathers knew this so they provided us with a government of checks and balances to keep our country safe. Freedom of speech is essential if our system of government is to prevail.

Both parties seek to suppress the dissenting voices whithin their ranks in order to promote "unity." Without dissent both parties are blind. If both parties are blind, then our nation is blind. All members of our community should be able to share in the political process of our country, our state and our nation.

It is through an individual's right to speak without fear that our government can negotiate the perils that are before us.
Sheila L Richardson
Bellingham

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