Here, FREE means FREE SPEECH. No censorship or political bias will affect YOUR voice! As a footnote, there are limits and standards to free speech*.
Since this site is designed to be a community, we ask that while you are here, you treat everyone as your own literal neighbor because they probably are.
In addition to the editorials and opinion posts, we will also have a discussion forum where you can talk about things other than community issues. Have a set of golf clubs to sell? Want to talk about national news? Visit our discussion forums and talk your heart out.
We’re sure that things will evolve and certain situations will arise that will cause us to re-evaluate how we do things. So be prepared for that. But above all, we want your voice to be heard because it is important and valuable.
*The Wikipedia article on free speech has a lot to say on the issue and we will use its comments as a benchmark for our standards and practices. We believe these standards to be acceptable and in harmony with our First Amendment rights. For instance;
“Freedom of speech is the freedom to speak without censorship and/or limitation. The synonymous term freedom of expression is sometimes used to indicate not only freedom of verbal speech but any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used. In practice, the right to freedom of speech is not absolute in any country and the right is commonly subject to limitations, such as on “hate speech”.
The right to freedom of speech is recognized as a human right under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recognized in international human rights law in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The ICCPR recognizes the right to freedom of speech as “the right to hold opinions without interference. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression”. Furthermore freedom of speech is recognized in European, inter-American and African regional human rights law.”
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