Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Judy Collins: ‘The Price Of Free Speech Is A Willingness To Listen’

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Judy Collins is being presented with a free speech award next month – and that’s music to the singer’s ears.

This Friday (Sep. 9), Collins will be honored with the “Spirit Of Americana Free Speech” Award at the 4th Annual Americana Music Association Honors in Nashville, Tennessee.

The 66-year-old singer is thrilled by the noteworthy honor, mainly because she’s been promoting freedom of expression for more than 45 years.

She says free speech is more important than ever, but worries that some outlets – like talk radio – are promoting “raging angry arguments” over fair discourse and debate.

It’s nothing new though. Collins points out that Thomas Jefferson actually hired writers to slander opponents like Alexander Hamilton, but she believes the price of free speech is a willingness to listen to “Both Sides Now.”

Despite the screaming and yelling that passes for debate in some circles, Collins believes “civility is coming back in style.”

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