I thought at first reading that the “Stop liberal, pro-union man’s letters” was a tongue-in-cheek stab at a plethora of missives from a single correspondent. However, it seems that the writer of the critical letter, a John E. Donovan, subscribes to the same theory of freedom, especially of speech, as that espoused by that self-styled patriot Maj. Frank Burns (Larry Linville), of “M*A*S*H” fame. To paraphrase the character, “Of course freedom and individuality are important ... so long as we all do the same things and do them together!” Donovan’s concept of “fair and balanced” is, to say the very least, extremely unbalanced!

The “Readers’ Views” published in The Advocate often express the “other side” of an argument. Thank goodness and the broadminded editors of our newspaper that we have a chance to read opinions from both sides of many questions!

I think Voltaire or Evelyn Beatrice Hall said, “I may not agree with a word you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

Please, please do keep the letters from both sides coming

Ann K. Nauman

professor emerita

Baton Rouge