Editorial: Cherish your freedoms

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 27, 2008

This newspaper believes strongly in free speech, press, religion, petition and assembly, as guaranteed to the people by the First Amendment. We publish the 45 words of the First Amendment in every issue on this page. Once again, we present quotations related to the First Amendment.

&8220;The liberty of the press should be as free as the breeze that glides upon the surface.&8221;

&8212; Chief John Ross, Cherokee tribal leader, 1832

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&8220;The bearer of every new thought is a rebel until that idea is refined and tested.&8221;

&8212; American Library Association and the Association of American Publishers, 1953

&8220;A good newspaper is never quite good enough but a lousy newspaper is a joy forever.&8221;

&8212; Garrison Keillor, author, broadcaster, 1990

&8220;If Men are to be precluded from offering their Sentiments on a matter &8230; reason is of no use to us; the freedom of Speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.&8221;

&8212; George Washington, 1st U.S. president, 1783

&8220;All religions united with government are more or less inimical to liberty. All separated from government are compatible with liberty.&8221;

&8212; Henry Clay, U.S. statesman, 1818

&8220;The more you encourage someone else&8217;s freedom of expression and the more different that someone else is from you, the more democratic the act.&8221;

&8212; Wynton Marsalis, musician, 1993

&8220;The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.&8221;

&8212; Lord Henry Wotton, character in &8220;The Picture of Dorian Gray,&8221; Oscar Wilde, 1890

&8220;The First Amendment directs us to be especially skeptical of regulations that seek to keep people in the dark for what the government perceives to be their own good.&8221;

&8212; John Paul Stevens, U.S. Supreme Court justice, 1996

&8220;The right of peaceable assembly and of petition &8230; is the constitutional substitute for revolution.&8221;

&8212; Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. president, 1859