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Welcome back, Garrison: Saluting the First Amendment

August 20. 2017 11:12PM

We don’t run Garrison Keillor’s column in the New Hampshire Sunday News just because he generates so many letters to the editor from irate readers.

But it doesn’t hurt.

Our friends at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications have invited Keillor to headline the 15th Annual First Amendment Awards, Oct. 5 at the Palace Theatre in Manchester.

Some of our readers don’t like that Keillor has sharpened the tone of his homespun prairie punditry in response to President Donald Trump. But we must never take for granted the freedom that allows a writer to call out the head of our government.

Our late President and Publisher, Nackey Loeb, founded the Loeb School in 1999 to promote understanding and appreciation of the First Amendment, and to foster excellence in journalism.

Partisans who rarely agree on anything should be able to agree on the importance of those principles.

Tickets to the First Amendment Awards are on sale now at the Palace Theatre. We would encourage you to attend.

We’re sure everyone in the audience will be above average.

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