Letter: Free speech is not free hate speech

Published 12:29 am Thursday, August 24, 2017

The compromise has already been made.

In this debate about Confederate statues, I would like the fact to be voiced that every Southern city has made an effort to silence racial tension by naming a street Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Ask Governor Cooper to remove the Martin Luther King Jr.. signage when he removes the statues. It would be easy to pick up the cement with the metal.

What would solve this unrest is the reinstatement of the military draft. The military service would help our youth have a different  focus in life. As President Kennedy said, ask how you can serve your country not ask your country to serve you with entitlements such as welfare, food stamps  and public housing.

Do we need a war on our soil by a foreign dictator to change our attention?

Could we have 40,000 citizens in our streets to defend our nation instead of having 40,000 citizens destroy our nation?

Current leaders and politicians have not been good examples. Free speech  is not free hate speech.

If people have so much free time to protest, maybe they should get a job or devote time to community service.

The Martin Luther King Jr. signs and addresses are a daily part of every American’s daily existence. He is remembered every day every hour by someone using the mail or car.

The statutes are not remembered or noticed unless we make a determined effort to notice them.

— Gerald Yates

Salisbury

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