~ Submitted by Kathy Jarvis
Recently, The Bedford Citizen published a Letter to the Editor from Dr. Ann Kiessling, [Opinion Editor’s Note: Kiessling holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry/Biophysics.] in which she stated certain facts, then expressed her opinion based on those facts. All well and good. Other writers sent letters referring to different facts, and arriving at different conclusions on the same subject. Also fine.
Some of the latter writers argued, however, that Dr. Kiessling’s letter should have been suppressed in the first place. And that is not all right. Free speech means not only freedom for the expression of opinions with which we agree, but also – and much more importantly – freedom of expression for views which may be different from our own.
I commend Dr. Kiessling for her concern and for her courage in sharing her perspective. I also salute The Citizen for publishing it. I appreciate your commitment to free speech in Bedford and hope you will continue to provide an open forum for all points of view. Thank you.