Sunday, September 30, 2012

Banned Books Week

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By Terry Orr

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September (this year September 30 through October 6), Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning’s of books across America.
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If you don’t care for a radio or television program – you simply find one you prefer to listen to or watch.  Same principle applies to books.

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Commentary by author:
My question to those who believe they should band books - Where is your outrage over mainstream media in their inability to provide unbiased and informed reporting of the news?  Print media used to have sections dedicated to ‘opinions’ so the reader knew these were in fact, just that.  Television and Radio programs used to set aside time for commentary.

Tolerance of others and their beliefs and finding common ground in which we can all live in harmony is a founding principle of America. 

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I propose finding common ground between the two extremes and adopt a rating system similar to the movies and TV programs and that bookstores and libraries find a satisfactory means to store and display books.  Many book stores that I have visited over the past year already employ such a concept.

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