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Ehrlich misunderstands First Amendment

In his column ("Campus liberals run amok," Feb. 24), Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a former congressman, stated the following: "Politically correct speech codes barring 'offensive expression' continue unabated on many campuses. Such policies chill expression (protected by the First Amendment) that might be found offensive — to any and all."

Without commenting on the validity of his "run amok" argument, I should like to point out that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Note that free speech is protected from Congressional attempts to enact laws against free speech, not from other persons' or institutions' attempts to do so.

Reuben Dagold, Pikesville

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