The News-Review published a Letter to the Editor submitted by one of our readers that was in poor taste in Thursday’s edition of our newspaper.
The Public Forum on our Opinion page was created to provide a platform for civil debate. The letter in question, in retrospect, was not civil.
The letter was found to be in poor taste and we removed it from our website.
We regret the decision to run this letter and have reviewed our policy. We will be more vigilant when proofreading community submissions.
Submitted letters do not represent the view of The News-Review. They are representative of the various views of our community members.
Our letter policy states that letters considered libelous or in poor taste will not be published. The News-Review does not condone violence of any kind and it is not the paper’s intention to incite it.
We made a mistake and hope to be more cognizant of the effects the letters have on our community in the future.
Readers are encouraged to continue to debate this letter, and any other topic, through the Public Forum.
The News-Review is a strong advocate of free speech, as was apparent in last week’s editorial in which we wrote, “Civil debate is, of course, preferable to angry words, but the point is we all have the right to have — and express — our views. The right to free speech, especially free political speech, in word and print is one of the things that made our fledgling republic the first of its kind in the world.
“It’s no accident that free speech, along with freedom of the press, religion and assembly were wrapped into the First Amendment. It’s first because without it we simply would not be the free country that we are.”
While we encourage diverse opinions no matter how uncomfortable they may be, freedom of speech does not come with a blank check. To not observe some boundaries would be irresponsible of us.