Get our newsletters
Letters to the Herald

Balancing free expression, respect for our nation


I fully appreciate the insights shared in the recent article (“The Right to Protest Peacefully is Fundamental,” May 16) from the League of Women Voters.

However, I would like to expand on this discussion by addressing a crucial aspect of modern protests.

When protesters resort to shouting derogatory slogans such as “Death to America,” it not only undermines the spirit of peaceful protest but also disrespects the sacrifices made by those who served our country to protect the freedoms we enjoy today.

Such chants are not just an embarrassment but a profound disregard for the legacy of our ancestors and forefathers who dedicated their lives to safeguarding our nation.

While I fully support the constitutional right to protest, it is important to recognize that recent demonstrations have sometimes veered towards an anti-American and pro-terrorism narrative. This shift is concerning and should not be acceptable to any American.

Peaceful protest is a cornerstone of our democracy, but it should be exercised with respect for the country and its values.

Americans must speak out against actions that dishonor the sacrifices made by those who fought for our freedom. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that the right to protest is upheld in a manner that respects the principles and heritage of our nation.

John Bottiglieri, Fountainville

Join our readers whose generous donations are making it possible for you to read our news coverage. Help keep local journalism alive and our community strong. Donate today.