Marilyn Hall’s letter, “Frary should be replaced by more positive columnist,” on May 8, castigating columnist John Frary for his views, which she decries as “narrow and negative” is an unwarranted attack on free speech. It would appear that the guarantees of the First Amendment, to Hall and others of her political persuasion, extend only to that speech with which they agree.

I do not condemn the Central Maine newspapers for publishing Frary’s column. Rather, I applaud them for doing so. Moreover, since Hall is dissatisfied with Frary’s point of view, perhaps she might consider writing a competing column by way of response.

Robert G. Fuller Jr.


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