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Free speech the issue?

When I attended UCR, there were many foreign students from Iran and Iraq studying entomology. These students would launch their protest rallies on campus wearing paper grocery bags over their heads so not to be discovered or identified as they advocated the shah’s overthrow.

At last Tuesday’s board meeting of the Nevada County Certified Grower’s Market, as your article of Aug. 12 indicated, a group of citizens came and most refused to identify themselves. This article is a wonderful example of how our freedom of speech allows selective and partial truths to be disseminated!

Let’s uncover the real issue. Our society advocates change, and when this happens, many are not able to accept it. If I were the John and Susie Q Citizens, as they chose to identify themselves, and I truly wanted to engage in freedom of speech, I would use my creative and selective talents to find another kinder and gentler forum to do so. And as the article referenced, as a concerned and intelligent citizen, I would do my homework to discover what legal outcomes have surfaced from cases involving the right to freedom of speech in local establishments.

Elly Willerup

Grass Valley

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