Letters

Shameful. They knew what were getting when they asked for it.
Robert Cook
via the Internet

Did the words Howard Stern spoke "upset" you? Did you feel he was "insensitive" to your feelings? Was he "mean" to you by saying it? Do you want to "strike out against him" for saying it? "Hurt" him and the radio station that plays his show? What does this remind you of?

Let's be role models for our kids. Let's not allow words to affect us in such a negative way. Turn him off, walk away, let it go.

C.C. York
via the Internet

While the Constitution and, specifically, the Bill of Rights are continually being debated and interpreted by scholars and judges, I am amazed at how many people in this country lack even a basic understanding of their meaning. "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press." I haven't heard anyone suggest that Stern should be charged with a crime for his comments.

What would happen if I told my boss to "fuck off," then claimed immunity to any consequence because of my First Amendment right to free speech? Ask Jimmy "the Greek" or Marge Schott about their right to free speech. Who misinterprets the Constitution more often? Journalists. The First Amendment guarantees you won't be imprisoned or fined by the government for speaking your mind. It doesn't guarantee you an audience, nor does it guarantee you won't lose your job. The people of this community have every right to boycott the advertisers on Stern's show, and the Peak has every right to dump the show if it wants (it likely won't). If the FCC refused Stern a license to produce and syndicate his radio show, that would be censorship. Locals refusing to subsidize the juvenile garbage that Howard Stern fans regard as brilliant comedy is nothing more than the free market at work.

Brian Rehder
Denver

I just wanted to write in support of Howard Stern and his program that's been the subject of ridicule by the Colorado Legislature. Howard says some outrageous things, and I tend to agree with the criticism made of his comments regarding the Columbine tragedy, but I don't believe that they justify his removal from the morning lineup on the Peak. As a college student, I know firsthand that his show has a huge following in the Boulder area. I would be extremely disappointed if he was yanked from the airwaves in Denver!

Krista Felter
via the Internet

Of course Stern has the right to say what he said. That fact is evident in that he did say it. Having that right also means having the right to suffer consequences. If I were his boss, I would exercise my right to fire him.

Todd Barr
via the Internet

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