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'Tirade' in letter to the editor was exercise of free speech

May 10, 2013 - Mary Sue Shoup, Riverton

Editor:

First off, I would like to thank Douglas Drachner for pronouncing my name over and over and over again in his letter to the editor. Glad you got it right.

Secondly, it's awfully funny that when I write something it's considered a tirade, ranting, blah blah blah.

A lot of my information comes from people that I know that have been in the service, they do read up on things and have actual knowledge of what I've written about.

You voted for Obama? Well, that tells me where your ideas come from. Anyone that believes anything he says is just as gullible as the others are that put him back in office.

I have a right as an American citizen to speak my mind -- here, online, or wherever, and if you don't like it, then that's your right.

But don't say I don't know what I'm talking about or I'm just repeating what I read in the paper. It must be right if it was in the paper... Or does that make the reporter wrong too?

Get it out of your system, because I won't stop speaking my mind whether you like it or not.

But you do seem to enjoy saying my name over and over again, so if it makes you feel better... knock your socks off.

It's called freedom of speech and I, for one, am going to take full advantage of it. It may be another freedom that's going to be taken away from us if he has any say about it.

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