Letter: The voices of freedom
Thankfully, the Gazette-Journal makes room for many letters which don’t reach a daily paper. The following is taken from William F. Buckley’s book, "Miles Gone By," and the chapter titled "Why don’t we complain": "An editor of a national weekly newsmagazine told me a few years ago that as few as a dozen letters of protest against an editorial stance of his magazine were enough to convene a plenipotentiary meeting of the board of editors to review the policy. So few people complain, or make their voices heard, that we assume a dozen letters represent the inarticulated views of thousands of readers."
While there are too many who abuse the right to free speech or protest whatever they don’t like, the majority of our citizens are silent except when speaking about issues at home or with friends who feel the same way. This reluctance has paved the way for what we see and hear now, the almost daily ugliness that comes from both sides of the fence, digging up any slight and/or imagined wrong and trying to make it important, all the while ignoring those issues that are of real importance.
It is up to all of us to let those who want to be elected for any office know what is important, and that we don’t need or want to listen to lies, exaggerations or insults being thrown. More people need to put aside their fear of speaking out and find the way to tell those who are in office or want to be elected, by writing letters or making calls to their office. Right now, the internet has taken over and there is an absence of accountability for what is said, and too much garbage, but garbage that some people think is fact. With letters and calls there is accountability, and we need to support this. Our future depends on it.