Let all Voices be Heard

I love the Opt Ed section of the paper. I believe we all need to write at least one letter on something we’re passionate about in our lifetime. In saying that, I applaud this reader

This debate has been raging since I was a kid and for no good reason. I’m now 65, and the fact that this banning effort continues is enraging and distressing. Banning books only makes us a weaker society and diminishes one of the greatest opportunities that the United States is supposed to encourage — that all voices can be heard. If you truly believe in this ideal, then you will defend the right for all voices to gain expression, whether you agree with them or not.

If you support the banning of any book, then you are engaging in the suppression of free thought, an act that will lead us to a hell we create for ourselves.

Steve Valandra, Tumwater

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5 Responses to Let all Voices be Heard

  1. Kally says:

    Unfortunately, I lived in a country that still believe in restricting certain books especially those in sensitive topics.

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  2. I do believe we all have a voice. However, I’m not a strong component of believing that I have to live or accept your voice. It appears to me now that the governments and other organizations are trying to force us to play by their rules. Do you know here in the good ole state of TX, they are trying to introduce same sex relationships to children in elementary school? My grandson will be pulled out if that is ever presented to him. My son and his girlfriend will not sign a letter nor will he be forced to believe that children have same sex parents. I’ve also told my daughter that she will be my grandson aunt and not his uncle. For she has her girlfriend children call her dad. My grandson will not be punked into that lifestyle by me and no one else.


    • msw blog says:

      Thank you for sharing your opinion. I was glad to read that the words allowed you a moment to pause, ponder and reflect. I appreciated the following statement :”I’m not a strong component of believing that I have to live or accept your voice.” I agree with your words. I am firm believer in not discriminationating , including harassment, based on gender identity, transgender status, and nonconformity with gender stereotypes. We should all focus on respect, and kindness.

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      • I feel like society is trying to force folks to accept same gender relationships and transgender. Even at the airline, you have men with a full face of hair wearing a dress. You can’t make me accept that. So, just as strong as you feel for, I can feel just as strong against. It’s a no for me and I have a 32 year old confused daughter so….


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