Letters to the editor: More on the devil stickers

Too much police time spent on small fry
In a Feb. 16 letter to the editor, Clovis police Officer Marty Williamson wrote that Lisa Morrow’s comments were “stupid” and show her “ignorance.”

Foregoing derogatory terms toward Williamson, I am certain he missed Morrow’s meaning. Sure she knows there are seatbelt laws. Her comment was meant to imply there is too much time spent on misdemeanor crime. When one reads, one must think outside the box.

As the CNJ stated in its recent editorial, Clovis has an unsolved homicide, numerous break-ins, etc. The individuals who burglarized our home (one was positively identified) were never prosecuted due to lack of evidence. If only they had escaped in a vehicle with a she-devil bumper sticker they would have been caught.

Driving a Ford, I don’t take offense to the cartoon character that appears to be urinating on a Ford logo. The officer states the she-devil sticker is filthy and against the law. We all know urinating in public is unlawful. Will there be litigation aimed at this character urinating?

If my kid saw a sticker with two dogs in a compromising position and asked what they were up to, I would simply use the Brady Bunch approach:

“You see kids, dogs do this to show affection because they don’t have pockets and can’t carry money; consequently they are unable to by diamonds. But don’t be alarmed. Someday someone will buy you a diamond — unless they’re some kind of she-devil, because, you see kids, they also have no pockets.”

Who wants ice cream?

Joseph C. Huerta
Clovis

Free speech not meant to promote evil
I take exception to several items in the Feb. 16 CNJ editorial, “Let’s applaud free speech, even if it’s offensive.”

First, criticizing our police for doing their job was an irresponsible piece of work. Detective Kirk Roberts was not cruising around town in search of potentially offensive comments on cars. He happened upon a crime on his off-duty time and was responsible enough to act. He is to be applauded, not censured.

If this display of pornographic material is deemed part of Dean Young’s right to free speech, will it then be OK for movie theaters where families go for entertainment to put up pornographic posters? How about someone following your children home from school, exercising their right to free speech by speaking filth and making obscene suggestions to the children? And if your neighbor put up offensive signs in his yard?

Where does the right to free speech end? This Constitutional right was not given to protect those who promote evil, but to assure us all of the right to speak about our government and our religion without fear of reprisal.

Have you ever wondered why the law seems to favor the criminal? Why certain evidence is not admissible in court, even if it proves the guilt of the person on trial? These things have come about because of seemingly harmless questions about our “rights.”

Saying Dean Young has the right to free speech in this manner takes away my right to avoid this sort of thing in my community. Sometimes we are duped by those who seem to be protecting our rights, when in fact, they are slowly but surely taking them away.

We must think this through, and we must act on our convictions. We, the people, must stand up and be counted.

Kay Arvizu
Clovis

Constitution protects beliefs of minority
In a recent letter to the Clovis News Journal, Donald Reid suggests that Dean Young’s she-devil sticker should be censored because most Americans are Christian and “in this country majority rules.”

Majority rule may hold true in the electoral process, but a very different principle prevails where the U.S. Constitution defines the relationship of citizens to their government. Indeed, the essence of freedom is the guarantee that you can think, say, and do whatever you want, without government interference, as long as your actions do not immediately and directly threaten the public’s welfare.

In other words, the Constitution aims to do exactly the opposite of what Reid proposes: protect the beliefs of the minority, not the majority.

Reid should appreciate that fact because, while it may be true that most Americans describe themselves as “Christian,” they may well not subscribe to his particular brand of Christian faith. Saying you’re “Christian” in this country is like saying you enjoy rock music: It means widely different things to different people.

Of Americans who avow a political party affiliation, polls show the majority describe themselves as “Democrat.” According to Reid’s “majority rules” notion, this should require all Americans to register Democrat. You can imagine other, similarly absurd scenarios.

We should celebrate Dean Young’s defiant act of posting a she-devil sticker on his windshield, even if some deplore the sticker’s content, for it is symbolic of what makes this country great — an independent spirit that refuses to be “tread upon” by the powers that be.

This is precisely what our forefathers sought to preserve in the drafting of the Constitution — and not, by the way, the moral prescriptions of the Ten Commandments.
It is the engine of American creativity and progress.

Peter G. Simonson
Executive director,
ACLU of New Mexico
Albuquerque