Freedom of speech
Apr 03, 2019 | 6787 views | 0 0 comments | 495 495 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

Mayor Bill de Blasio's opposition to waterborne billboards and others who oppose, taxi roof, bus, LinkNYC and subway tunnel ads is disappointing. This is sad for those who cherish free speech.

If you don't like the ad, don't buy the product. Advertisers will get the message. This is life when you live in a free and open society.

Those on the political left who practice political correctness to the extreme are no different from their counterparts, the Moral Majority thought police on the extreme political right.

Both groups promote censorship and intolerance to those whose divergent viewpoints differ from their own narrow-minded ideological views. This is disappointing to people who cherish intellectual discourse on issues of the day, no matter how controversial.

We are fortunate to be living in one of the few free societies left in the world today. Freedom of speech, including ideas expressed on billboards paid for by businesses, private citizens or organizations, is usually cherished here, not trampled on.


Larry Penner

Great Neck
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