LETTER: First Amendment still the gold standard

In the PDN’s Nov. 16 Commentary page, one letter stands out: “Sore losers,” which may be relegated to the file headed by “freedom of speech.”

Referencing “Sore losers,” the author of the letter apparently objects to our fellow citizens publicly stating their perceived fears for their future.

Yet I am publicly defending that author’s right to also state whatever he likes and spread his word in whatever media he prefers.

However, labeling any speaker’s personal beliefs as “pratings” and referencing them as “spoiled children” or “sniveling brats” is unnecessarily hurtful and unjust.

Can’t we be intelligent and caring enough to not turn on each other but rather to rise above the invective and respect each other?

In “Voice of Reason: Speaking to the Great and Good Spirit of Revolution of Mind,” Bryant McGill says, “Do not make the mistake of thinking that you have to agree with people and their beliefs to defend them from injustice.”

Freedom of speech guarantees your safe right to tell it like you see it and isn’t about whether the speaker is right, wrong or even deserving of your notice.

The First Amendment is still the gold standard in this country.

Too often, lately we have forgotten that.

Donna Hamlin,

Port Angeles