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Commentary: talk is not enough, when freedom of speech is at risk

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St. Lawrence County officials faced public accusations of homophobia this week for removing a poster advertising a local gay-lesbian film festival from a public bulletin board. About two dozen gay and lesbian residents and their supporters came to the county legislature's meeting Monday night to protest the decision. According to the Watertown Daily Times, about six employees had complained to the county's administration that they found words in the films' plot summaries offensive. County Administrator Karen St. Hilaire told Monday's gathering she's discussed the incident with the head of Prism, a gay-rights group, and a committee is being formed to address sensitivity training for county employees. NCPR station manager Ellen Rocco thinks that's just not enough.

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