Noisy thoughts from the librarian's desk

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Sunday, December 18, 2005
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Perhaps, many in this country have forgotten what the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were written to protect, but I haven't. I certainly don't like the idea of my basic rights being taken
away in the name of security. I have always been proud to be an American. Proud to know I can speak my mind, speak out against those things that I consider unjust and inhumane. Others may not agree with me, but that was what always made our country so unique. We could argue about these things. Attempt to persuade those who didn't agree without threat of reprisal. Since 9/11 I am afraid that my free speech is being thwarted, my individuality scruitinized.
As a librarian, I have always felt that privacy of thought was one of the most basic rights. What we read, what we believe, these are not things that the government should have the right to know or control. Unfortunately, George Bush thinks that in the name of security, he has that right.

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