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Free speech

Allison Orr Larsen, associate dean at the College of William and Mary Law School, spoke on the First Amendment, “Why Do We Have It?” at a spaghetti dinner held on Oct. 26 by the Mathews Republican Committee. Larsen said free speech is a fundamental right, “the bulwark against tyranny” and “in a democracy we defend speech even if it is hateful or not what we like, because the alternative is worse.” Her parents, Betsy and Bill Orr of Gwynn’s Island, were among more than 130 people attending the dinner held at the Piankatank Ruritan Club, Hudgins.

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