Opinion: Rensselaer Falls resident believer that opinions do count
To the Editor:
Martha Hodges letter March 23 stated that “perhaps some opinions don't count” if one is not an authority or expert on the matter discussed. In effect, she is telling everyone whom she does not agree with to shut up.Ms. Hodges employs the flawed argument that only those speaking from authority can discuss anything. Using her logic, none of us are qualified to talk about the weather, because few of us have a degree in meteorology. Taking her position to its conclusion, none of our elected officials can discuss, debate, or pass any law either, because none of them are qualified on every topic and issue under the sun. Taken further, then some of us should not be allowed to vote either, “because our opinions don’t count.”
Fortunately, the Constitution guarantees our right to freedom of speech as an inalienable right to express our opinions, regardless how uninformed they may be. Expressing one’s opinion is the right and duty of all citizens, to participate giving consent to be governed. Otherwise, tyranny occurs, and everything is decided for us by a few in power.
Ms. Hodges, in the future, please remember the quote: "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" is the cornerstone of our Democratic Republic.