Letter: Misreading Of First Amendment All Too Common

March 19, 2015

Editorial at Times-Standard

Misreading of First Amendment all too common

Nat Hentoff’s free speech column (“How worried are you about free speech?”, Times-Standard, March 15, Page A4) raises a common misconception. The First Amendment does not protect free speech rights for all Americans. It is a restriction on the federal government, barring it from enacting any infringement on freedom of speech, a ban the Supreme Court has found applicable to state governments as well, including presumably state schools...