Letter: No free speech
Live free or die, right? Free speech? Ya think?
Not here at the Monitor. I live out of state, but my brother lives in Concord, and he occasionally alerts me to various stories.
Well, I felt moved to reply to a comment and what do I find? I have to buy the space for my comments. Yup. Just like I was buying ad space. One dollar for a one day “pass.” That’s how much it costs for “free speech” at the Monitor. Yes, it’s tough raising revenue to pay employees. But this is such an inappropriate and wrongheaded thing to do, it kind of boggles the mind. I have NEVER seen another newspaper do this.
It will put people off from leaving comments. Sure everyone can afford a dollar, but it’s a matter of principle, and I resent the idea and its absurdity, and I’m sure a lot of people will. So what you get is a much diluted quantity and quality in your comments