Would The NEWS publish Charlie cartoons?

Expressing opinions is always a difficult but necessary part of a free democratic society in magazines, newspapers or in social media.

It’s hard to express how I feel about the Paris events. Yet expressing opinions is always a difficult but necessary part of a free democratic society be it in magazines, newspapers or in social media.

As a younger man, for nine years I wore the uniform of my country, believing that if I had to go into conflict I could do so knowing my country wanted me to defend democracy and its pillars here or, more likely, abroad.

After that, for 12 years in this paper and others, I scribed hard-hitting columns upsetting powerful people, complacent, apathetic countrymen and wealthy advertisers, all the while knowing that my opinion was necessary to be heard, right or wrong at its nature.

Regardless, I do not see satire as worthy of murder. I do believe the radicalized people of any religion or country to be dangerous and jail worthy. Our human greed for power is at the base of all of it.

In closing, I urge any media person, before penning or approving for publication any well meaning but inconsequential Je Suis Charlie type of response, to ponder this: would your paper or magazine have approved for publication any of the cartoons in your own paper?

If not, then you are part of the crumbling of our democratic pillars. You are a poser, the same as anyone who wears a uniform but did not serve.

Jeff VircoeParksville

Just Posted

RND director says filming of ‘Sonic’ caused disruption

Veenhof wants regional district to have filming permits in future

Parksville-area graffiti tagger arrested by RCMP

Existing court conditions required that suspect not be in possession of graffiti-making material

Winner crowned at Qualicum Bay Art Battle

Island painters compete in 20-minute art challenge

Seeing double, the trials and tribulations of twins

BIG READ: Three Vancouver Island mothers share their experiences with multiple births

VIDEO: Man extracted from vehicle eight hours after accident near Cameron Lake

People making pit stop at picnic area made crash discovery

Environment Canada confirms Ottawa area hit by two tornadoes Friday

At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out

B.C. man fined $15,000, barred from trading securities for fraud

Larry Keith Davis used money from an investor to pay personal bills

Emergency crews investigate small sulphuric acid spill in Kootenays

IRM states a small volume of less than one cup and three dime-sized drips were leaked from carrier

Family, friends of B.C murder victim want killer sent back to max security facility

Group wants convicted murderer Walter Ramsay sent back to a maximum security facility

B.C. VIEWS: Looking under the hood of ICBC’s war on crashes

Is our accident rate really soaring, or is it inefficiency?

B.C. tent city residents have three weeks to clear out: Supreme Court

Fire risk, criminal activity in neighbourhood cited as reasons for judgment

Coaches, players on Alberta university rugby team buckle up for the Broncos

16 people died when Humboldt Broncos bus collided with a semi-truck in rural Saskatchewan

The Vatican ‘owes God an apology,’ activist says in letter to Pope Francis

Letter came after a report on sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children in six Pennsylvania dioceses

Most Read