I am writing in reply to Elyse Semerdjian’s special to the Union-Bulletin (Aug 2).
In her article (Blaming all Muslims for terrorism ignores the facts), Elyse essentially asks that my rights to free speech be censored.
Using the same techniques as many politicians these days, she claims my opinion is hate speech and incitement to violence. At a minimum, if this were the case, I am sure that the Union-Bulletin would not have printed my article.
The maximum amount of words for any letter to the editor is 400, which my letter complied with. Somehow, Elyse received permission to essentially write a letter to the editor that approaches 900 words to condemn my opinion. When I send letters to the editor (and Editorial Page Editor Rick Eskil reviews them), I have researched the facts and draw a conclusion based on those facts.
The reader may not like my conclusions. The First Amendment to the Constitution concerns freedom of speech and is what the United States of America was built on. I hope my grandchildren will be able to exercise free speech so they also may live in a country of liberty and freedom.
As a retired Army infantry officer, Army Ranger and Vietnam veteran, I am proud I served all United States citizens and protected their right to free speech.
Many of my friends and colleagues were killed and wounded in supporting this right. I will never ask to have anyone censored even though we may disagree.
Most people are getting tired of calling someone who a person disagrees with “haters,” when it’s so far from the truth.