A sign of free speech
I can't disagree more with letter writer Michelle Shelfer,
who "feels poisoned"
by Ford Greene's deliberately controversial signs at The Hub in San Anselmo.
In particular, she objects to his questioning (on his signs)
the treatment of prisoners at "Gitmo" in Cuba, who are held without
recourse to a fair trial. As a lawyer, Greene well understands the value
of such, and expresses his concern by using his constitutionally-protected
rights. (A military tribunal, which a few of the prisoners are about to
receive after three years, is not a fair trial.)
I'm afraid we will always have people who try to shut down free speech.
But just as Shelfer is free to suggest Greene "be tried for treason,
for aiding and abetting the enemy in a time of war," I feel free to
suggest it might be people like "Bush's Brain," Karl Rove, who
are the traitors, and that her letter writing to the IJ could be put to
a more constructive purpose.
The Bush administration has an established history of lies which has
resulted in tens of thousands of deaths, as well as mistreatment of prisoners.
We need to stand up to this madness, and Green's signs serve as a needed
If Shelfer doesn't like the signs, she needs to learn to tolerate them.
Make no mistake, freedom of speech is under attack in the USA, and those
of good will should write letters of support for Ford Greene to the San
Anselmo Town Council, to let them know the campaign to silence the sign
Kyle Keilman, San Rafael