Letters to the Editor


THE DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL LETTERS TO THE EDITOR and COMMUNITY VOICES 

The letters on this page are written by UUSDBA members and friends and were published in the Daytona Beach News-Journal Letters to Editor column or in Community Voices. The link to the most recent letter is at the top of the page. Scroll down for other letters printed this year. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily of the general membership of the UUSDBA or the UUA. Permission to link to  these articles has been obtained from the Editor of the News-Journal, Pat Rice. May 16, 2014


THE DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL LETTERS TO THE EDITOR and COMMUNITY VOICES   

In the section below, the Letter at the top of the page is the most recent. Archive of past years letters are at the bottom of this page


 

 

https://www.news-journalonline.com/story/opinion/letters/2021/04/28/joe-mullins-should-read-consitution-anti-riot-bill-justified/4857478001/

 April 28, 2021

READ IT, THEN REVERE IT

 Monday’s paper reported on the Flagler Commission’s resolution to “support the Constitution.” The commission’s vice chair claimed that Twitter’s action shutting down former President Donald Trump’s Twitter page was an infringement of his First Amendment rights.

 The First Amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or …”. The government (Congress) had nothing to do with Twitter’s action. The Constitution does apply to freedom of speech restrictions by non-government organizations. For example, this newspaper decides what it will print (like letters to the editor) and is not subject to First Amendment violations.

 I suggest before a group comments on the Constitution, they should read the Constitution.

 Thomas Hilburn, Ormond Beach

 

February10, 2021

https://www.news-journalonline.com/story/opinion/letters/2021/02/10/volusia-schools-collaborated-va-clinic-inciting-not-protected/4446911001/

NO FREEDOM TO INCITE

Some of former President Trump’s defenders  argue his speech on Jan. 6   was proper and his impeachment defense includes this statement: “President Trump’s speech at the January 6, 2021 event fell well within the norms of political speech that is protected by the First Amendment, and to try him for that would be to do a grave injustice to the freedom of speech in this country.” 

 Brandenburg v. Ohio, 395 U.S. 444 (1969), was a landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court interpreting the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The court held that the government cannot punish inflammatory speech unless that speech is "directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action."

So, the question is: Were Trump’s comments “likely to incite or produce” imminent lawless action?     Hmm … ,

Tom Hilburn, Ormond Beach

February 7, 2021

https://www.news-journalonline.com/story/opinion/2021/02/06/readers-share-their-views-beach-driving-volusia-county/4362370001/

Beach Drivinig Current mix is good

Thanks for asking our opinions on beach driving.

Personally, I would be content if no beach driving were allowed anywhere, anytime. I'm OK with the current mix of driving-allowed and car-free areas. But I am opposed to any expansion of beach driving. 

I'm especially glad there are no cars allowed on the beach from dusk to early morning. Allowing cars on the beach at night would be a nightmare, and an invitation to destructive behavior. 

The automobile has come to tyrannize the American landscape. The beach is one of the few areas left where people don't constantly have to watch out for cars. Walking or bicycling on the beach in the early evening, early morning and at night is a favorite quiet activity and source of exercise for many people. 

We also of course need to consider the effect of cars on the environment and wildlife. 

Contrary to popular belief, our beach is magnificent in itself; cars are not what make it a great beach.

Jenny Nazak, Daytona Beach


 

 

  


 

THE DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL LETTERS TO THE EDITOR and COMMUNITY VOICES  for prior years are archived.

 

 

Dr Morris Carter has been a member of UUSDBA since 1980.  He was featured in an article in the Daytona Beach News-Journal  Feb 21,2014.

 

The News-Journal has given permission to post the following link to that article

 

http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20140221/NEWS0402/140229868/0/search

 

Link to article



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR AND COMMUNITY VOICES FOR PRIOR YEARS, ARE ARCHIVED BELOW.

 

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