To the Editor:
“Live! Nude! Girls!” [posted to observer.com on Aug. 30], concerning censorship of adult entertainment advertisements in weekly newspapers, is disappointing to those who cherish freedom of speech and individual rights.
There is no coercion between the customer in the exchange of cash for the product purchased and the supplier of services. Perhaps some forget about First Amendment rights for both the advertiser and reader. If you don’t like the ad, don’t buy the services being offered and turn the page.
The article reminded me of government attempts to introduce legislation which would require adult topless dancers to obtain employment permits—which also doesn’t make sense. Do we really want police—at taxpayers’ expense—spending time undercover visiting bars to document so-called immoral behavior?
Our funds would be better used if the same police and judges would spend more time prosecuting those who commit real crimes against individuals or property. Citizens have more to fear from murder, arson, rape, muggings, robberies, auto and identity theft or home break-ins than adult entertainers or adult bookstores.
What consenting adults consume, inhale, perform, read or view in the privacy of their own home or social club isn’t the concern of government.
Individual economic and civil liberties prosper best when government stays out of both the bedroom and marketplace.
How ironic that so-called liberals have so much in common with the “moral majority” social police on the right who aim to inhibit our freedoms.
Great Neck, N.Y.