Bill Helm

Bill Helm

A dear friend of mine once said that doing the right thing is easy.

Knowing what the right thing is, he then said, “well that’s the challenge.”

In some parts of the world, it’s been close to two years since COVID-19 hit.

Since the pandemic, it seems everyone has the right answer – or depending on who you ask, the wrong answer. 

Some of those folks have written into the Lynden Tribune and Ferndale Record newspapers.

Because it is your community newspaper’s duty to allow folks their say-so, right or wrong. 

This year, National Newspaper Week is Oct. 3-9. This is the 81st year of recognition of the service of newspapers and their employees across North American. This year’s theme is Community Forum.

Not only does this newspaper do its best to cover Lynden and the surrounding areas, it also does its best to make sure you can sound off, pro or con, on the things that matter to you. 

With each publication, we believe in the community forum. Of course, speaking one’s mind occasionally comes with consequences. 

Recently, a retired medical practitioner angered some of the community with her feelings against folks who don’t wear masks and haven’t been vaccinated for COVID-19. Several of our community’s citizens responded, dare we say objected to the author.

Then, some folks wrote in to defend the commentary.

The first amendment of the US Constitution states, “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.”

Short of libel, short of yelling ‘fire’ in a crowded movie theater, you have the right to speak your mind.

We here at the Lynden Tribune and Ferndale Record are here to provide each of you a safe haven to express yourself. Because none of us has the right to cherry pick who is allowed to be free.

If the lowest common denominator isn’t afforded freedom, then maybe it doesn’t exist?