Tuesday June 5, 2012

If Ms. Maloney looks on the editorial page just above the editorial itself the names of the editors are printed ("Anonymous speech is also protected," June 2.) I would imagine that one or more of the editors named are responsible for the content of the editorials. The writers of the colonial period might have paid with their lives had they signed their work. In the eyes of their British overlords their writings were treason: a crime punishable by death.

Today we do not face that danger. Anonymous speech is protected even when it is foul and scurrilous. But it says more about the writer than the subject. That anonymity means that writer is a coward and knows that his/her work will be abhorrent and scorned by those thinking people who read it.

BARBARA ROBERTS

Becket