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Democratic free speech under attack

Published 10:50am Monday, November 5, 2012

To the editor:

Democratic free speech is under attack in Cass County.
Starting in September, yard signs of candidates in November’s elections have been stolen and, in a number of cases, trashed.
A half-dozen signs for Marcellus Township supervisor candidate Larry Davis have been “lifted” from where “planted” along Marcellus Township roads.
At $10 a sign, that stings.
Many Obama yard signs have been taken from voters’ homes in Marcellus, Dowagiac and Edwardsburg/Ontwa Township, and an O’Brien for Congress sign taken from a Marcellus yard.
In recent weeks, a hater of free speech drove his vehicle across the lawn of Ontwa Township voters, mowing down several yard signs.
Some days after the signs were “replanted” in in their yard, closer to their home, the free speech hater returned, mowing them down again.
Just this week, three yard signs on M-40 South were taken.
Mike Moroz found those signs — two Stabenow for Senate signs had been trashed and left with one of his State Representative signs along Skyhawk Road.
Some years ago, when yard signs were being “lifted,” I became extremely angry at the attack on voters’ rights of free speech.
After all, yard signs are a form of speech.
When I cooled off, I decided that the best response to attacks on the exercise of free speech was to engage in more speech.
That’s why, that year and this fall, when many of us have had our speech stolen from us, we have decided to fight back by engaging in more speech— by “planting” even more yard signs.
Engage in your own right of free speech.
Vote Nov. 6!
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Burke H. Webb
Marcellus

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