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Many years ago, in a Politics class, our Professor ( Clarence Motha) used to say: ” We live in a democracy. All of us have freedom. I have the freedom to swing the umbrella in my hand. But my freedom ends where the tip of my umbrella meets my friend’s finely-chiseled nose”.

An interesting article in the New York Times speaks of effective, though, illegal means of silencing loud cell phones around you. We see people speak loudly and forcing their conversation on others in all kinds of places. I have seen people almost shouting in to their cell phones in hospitals, in places of worship, in movie theatres and in airplanes even as they land.

You have the freedom to speak but must I be compelled to listen?

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