Free speech shouldn’t top property rights

Published 9:03 pm Tuesday, August 21, 2007

This morning, I went out to get the morning paper and found two memos from a J. Robert Hastings in my driveway.

Who is J. Robert Hastings and why does (s)he think that I wanted the info? I would call it litter just as I consider it litter from an inconsiderate passing motorist, etc. I have to pick it up and toss it in the trash. Maybe the city should spend the grant to clean up the bluff on cleaning up unwanted material, newspapers, etc in the neighborhoods. Yes, I have enough pride for my property to clean up after slobs, etc.

Someone’s right of free speech should not trump my property rights. If they think that it is important for me to read their info, then publish it in the paper or mail it to me. But, do not trash my yard. Or if you do, at least give me the information to deliver it back to your residence or place of business. It will be returned in the same manner. I bet it would not take long for a publisher, author, etc to get the message.

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On second thought, citizens could deliver the unwanted deliveries to the homes of the mayor, alderman and supervisors. Now, that would get somebody’s attention.

Gary McCullars

Natchez resident