Carrying the torch

The Olympics are often viewed as a way of bringing countries and people together to celebrate sports achievements. This year they are causing more anger than they have in any recent year. It is good to read that Mayor Newsom and the city government are trying to work out a solution to allow protesters to voice their concerns publicly in a peaceful way. America has a proud tradition of allowing people to voice their opinions about public issues and it is important that this freedom not be unduly restricted. It’s never easy to satisfy everyone, but San Franciscans can be proud that this city is setting a tone that should make all of us proud–allowing diverse opinions to be expressed but showing respect for people on all sides of the issue.

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