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Narrow thinking is counterproductive

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To the editor,

The ACLU’s ironic effort to limit the free speech of its board [“ACLU stains its cause”, 06.07.06] reminds us how polarized and lacking in nuance are our best efforts at political thought today.

What a far cry from revolutionist John Adams’ principled insistence on serving as defense attorney to the British soldiers who shot Colonials in the Boston Massacre — because, he said, it would be a stain on the Colonies’ integrity if the soldiers were given anything but the fairest of trials.

Our inability — or unwillingness — to think through the multifaceted considerations of the issues that face us undermines us at every turn.

— Carlene Byron, Cary, N.C.

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