Guillotine drawing out of line
I’m afraid I will have to object in the strongest terms that your editorial decision-making fell WAY short in this week’s Homer News Opinion page.
While I support our First Amendment wholeheartedly, I do not support publishing what amounts to hate speech in our local paper. Mr. Charles D. Graham’s drawing of a guillotine with the name Hillary Clinton etched on the side of this “deplorable mechanism” should have never made it into print in your newspaper. His short letter is one thing, but to publish his drawing of an instrument of brutal death is something else entirely. I get it — the French Revolution’s answer to tyranny is an historic lesson for us all. I have to ask why you didn’t use your editorial clout (and common sense) to nix this expression of violence and hatred?
I’m afraid the little snippet “Editor’s Note” was completely inadequate. What’s it going to be next week? A gas chamber?
An appalled Homer citizen
Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year! Our district is very excited to have all of our students, staff, and parents back in school. We are committed to meeting the needs of every individual student every day. This is an integral part of our overall philosophy of strong, positive relationships and providing a high quality educational experience for all of our students.
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