Freedom is to differ

Linda Calbreath
Friday November 16, 2001


This is in response to those who have chosen to boycott purchasing products in the city of Berkeley because of its recent “vote” against the bombing in Afghanistan. 

• I assume you are in favor of the bombing and thus feel we are fighting for the freedom’s that the U.S. offers. Is not the freedom to have differing opinions, whether it be religious or political, one of the most basic, fundamental rights this country stands for? How contradictory to punish those who choose to exercise this right! 

• I am sure Berkeley wants the terrorists to be caught and thwarted as much as any of us. But there is more than one way to skin a cat. 

Why not listen to other opinions? Maybe there is another way to accomplish our common goal without killing thousands of innocent people, those who are as much victims of the Taliban as are we. If you do not agree with this viewpoint, at least you have listened respectfully, not lashed out in anger. 

I have been outraged that people like the Klu Klux Klan are allowed to demonstrate, but realize that this is part of having a true democracy.  

You cannot say that you are fighting for the freedoms this country provides us and then turn around and punish those who are exercising those freedoms. 

Think about it. 

Congratulations to the City Council of Berkeley for expressing their true opinions in spite of so much outside pressure! I will do my best to spend as much money as possible in Berkeley.  


Linda Calbreath