Sections

Weather Forecast

Close

Reader Opinion: First Amendment

As a writer you have to love the First Amendment. That way back when the Constitution was written, they saw fit to allow people to express their opinions through the media. Now that's not to say you can use that freedom recklessly. They also saw fit to have you hauled into a court of law if you use this freedom to defame, belittle or slander others. It's easy to get carried away when you let your passions take over, when talking about your beliefs. You have to at least try to listen to the other side before you put your stamp on things. You also have to make sure what you are saying is the truth.

I am a dedicated reader. Books, newspapers, magazines are all my favorite way of trying to understand people and the way they believe and act and what is going on around us. Radio and television, not so much, unless its debates. There is too much theatrics in that kind of media and theatrics doesn't lend itself to the truth. I want to hear both sides of the story done on a level playing field. And yes there is overly biased material printed every day but you have to be smart enough to know the difference. I have read articles about people, from people that I don't see eye to eye with. It takes an open mind to do this, but every so often, I have had an "aha" moment and it has changed my mind about a subject more than once.

I know a man who is very one sided in his approach to politics. He tells me he hates the media and doesn't trust them one bit. So my question to him, is where do you get all your information?

Mike Holst

Crosslake