Kudos to Mountain Xpress

How sad it is when a respected publication is forced to defend its decision to allow space to an advertiser with an opposing viewpoint. How pathetic that Virginia Bower felt "absolute horror" and was "appalled" that this fine publication had the integrity to allow advertising space to those that dare to disagree with her [“Et Tu, Xpress?” Oct.3]. How misguided she is to insinuate her heavy-handed approach upon your other advertisers.

Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, along came Abby McDonough's trivialization of the freedom of speech that we are so fortunate to enjoy in this great country [“I'm Taking a Break From Xpress,” Oct. 10].

I suppose that this central tenet of American society only matters when the opinions expressed are similar to her own. I sincerely hope that the pitiful perspectives of these two writers are not representative of most progressive-leaning people or anyone for that matter. If so, it would tragically signify a true degradation of our society. If not, they have only embarrassed themselves.

— Howard Rollins
Burnsville

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