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Elected officials should remember

To the Editor:

When Gina Raimondo was asked for her comments on the offensive and demeaning remarks made about her by women union members during one of her fund-raising events, she didn’t make any negative comments. She said that these union women protestors had every right to express their views.

Political speech is protected under the United States Constitution. However, when John DePetro made offensive and demeaning remarks about these women union members on his WPRO radio program, many of Rhode Island’s elected officials made public negative comments. There were reports in the media about boycotting WPRO, and one large company was urged to cancel their program sponsorship.

These elected officials should remember that Mr. DePetro’s political speech and WPRO’s freedom of the press rights are protected under the United States Constitution. Elected officials should remember that once they are elected to public office, their private opinions should be kept to themselves.  

Kenneth Berwick


3 comments on this item

The idea of elected representatives trying to quell speech is pathetic. Whatever happened to " I may detest what you have to say but I will DEFEND TO THE DEATH YOUR RIGHT TO SAY IT' That American philosophy apparently is not being taught in school any longer.

So why won't Raimondo go on the DePetro show?

Liberalism is synonymous with lies and oppression to say the least. The union indoctrination via the all mighty buck has taken a toll on our society indeed. The need for conservative leadership that embraces privatization, school vouchers, getting tough with social services, illegal immigration, crime, tort reform and right to work legislation has never been so imperative that DePetro makes light of. Hitler didn't have much regards for dissention either. Peter A. Filippi III

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