Do not remove books


June 21, 1992

From: Helen C. Deason

New Windsor

Thomas Jefferson once said, "The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking and writing."

There are those in Carroll County whose arms are "stretched out" trying to have certain books removed from our public library system.

I consider such action a violation of my right to choose reading material that may suit my needs. These censors may not like the content of specific articles or stories or videos, and neither may I.

But, by removing such items from library shelves, they also deny me the freedom -- a right guaranteed me by the First Amendment -- to make my own decisions about what I select for entertainment or education.

As we approach the 216th birthday of this great country, let's all take time to remember and celebrate the Constitution of the United States of America, particularly the First Amendment.

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