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Let Parents Decide What Is Indecent

March 18, 2004

Re "House OKs Larger Fines for On-Air Indecency," March 12: The Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act brings us one step closer to the government weakening our 1st Amendment rights. Rep. Joseph R. Pitts (R-Pa.) surely does not speak for this parent when he says that "American parents, Congress has finally heard you."

The parents that Pitts is talking about are the ones who refuse to take responsibility for monitoring what their children watch on television or listen to on the radio. I don't want my government telling me what is indecent or offensive. Where do you draw the line? Why don't we remove every book in every library that has a sexual reference or a "bad" word in it? Surely children use libraries.

The fact that the Federal Communications Commission has no clear guidelines or rules about indecency, yet has the power to hand out millions of dollars in fines, is ludicrous. Shame on the Democrats who voted for this bill. Lenny Bruce is turning over in his grave.

Mark Quon

Woodland Hills

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