I'm writing this on the Fourth of July, a day many of us pause to give thanks for the freedoms we have left. We recently lost the freedom to choose a restaurant. And we recently lost civility of the mouth, that someone's opinion has to be laced with the vilest language. Is your freedom to express an opinion any better because of your choice of swear words? Think of the freedoms you have. If you don't think you can lose them, you are in dreamland. There are many people who want to take away your freedoms and let the government do everything, like in Venezuela.
I get so tired of entitled opinions that purport to describe hardships in today's world. UMD graduate Deondre Smiles complained in his Oct. 15 commentary in the News Tribune, "From one millennial to another: Lose your privilege," about an earlier opinion in the newspaper. That one, headlined, "From one millennial to another: Lose the safe spaces," was from Kesley Arhart of the UMD College Republicans and was published Oct. 3.