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Freedom of Speech
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008

Dear Editor,

What we have here, is a failure to communicate. What I am trying to communicate is an expression of support for a particular political candidate. So, please understand that it’s not from a lack of trying to communicate. But, there are thieves out there stealing political yard signs, thus, violating my right to free expression.

I have lived in Mason for 13 years—that’s three presidential elections. And with each presidential election the same type of letter or problem comes up. It seems that this would be the perfect time for parents and the school system to educate and emphasize the Bill of Rights to our children.

A lot has been said lately about our brave soldiers fighting for our rights and freedom. That includes freedom of speech—sometimes referred to as freedom of expression. Now, it could be good kids simply having fun after the ball game very late on Friday night, or maybe a kid accepting a dare, or maybe their convictions are so strong that they feel they must resort to thievery.

Of course, I assume it’s kids because adults know better, I think. Whoever it is, has the same rights we all have to express their ideals freely. But, please don’t steal my right. If you really want to help your candidate, wouldn’t it would be more worthwhile to volunteer or donate than to steal yard signs?

By the way, I asked the campaign headquarters for the signs and I gladly gave a donation for their campaign effort. The signs do cost money. Now let’s see.....that would be trespassing, theft, criminal mischief, and a civil rights violation. What’s next?


Dennis Evans

P.O. Box 1599

Mason, TX 76856

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