Letters to the Editor

Civil rights: Protesting protesters is OK

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

That’s the government, not private citizens.

If Mr. Steinsiek wants to stand on the corner in Oak Harbor and hold his “anti” sign then it is his right.

However, for any private citizen who wants to, it is well within their rights to “protest” Mr. Steinsiek and his views in any legal way.

Of course it’s OK for the anti’s to block city streets and to destroy public and private property as it’s their “First Amendment rights.”

Funny how the anti’s don’t understand the concept. Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam stated his opinions of the war during a concert in Denver. A member of the audience stood up and told him to be quiet. Eddie Vedder used the band’s PA to shout the guy down while bleating about his “First Amendment rights.” Well Mr. Vedder, according to you (and the rest of the liberals) you “trampled” on that person’s “First Amendment Rights.”

Bet you still don’t get it.

Joe Hawkins

Oak Harbor

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