To the Editor:

Political correctness is a prime example of a good idea being taken too far. It is, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the idea that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities should be eliminated.

I believe we can all agree on the fact that civility is not only pleasant, but often necessary in order to accomplish tasks as both individuals and as a society. However, in order to maintain a coherent society, we must also permit anyone to voice ideas which may seem distasteful to some. To do otherwise is to forget the all-important, God given, unalienable right that is freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is guaranteed by the First Amendment. Therefore, we must protect this inviolable component of our constitution in order for it to be used and cherished by future generations.

In attempting to provide emotional security for ostensibly vulnerable individuals, we inadvertently promulgate the persecution of ideological dissidents. Our great nation was founded by the thought leaders of the day and it is depressingly ironic that we now pounce upon the thought leaders of tomorrow.

I implore you, the reader, to resist this oppressive practice disguised as compassion.

— Isaiah Wardlaw, Holdingford

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