Steven Lee, professor of philosophy, was quoted in the Canandaigua Daily Messenger article “Free speech vs. graffiti” from the April 16 issue. A Canandaigua resident believes that she is just as free to paint a peace sign on her Canandaigua house as she is to fly the flag. Her neighbor disagrees, and feels the peace sign is graffiti, though he purports to oppose the war on Iraq. The article featured the discussion between the two residents.
“I think clearly she has a right to have it there,” said Lee. “The primary purpose of free speech is free expression of your political views, and the peace sign O'Brien painted on her house is a form of political speech.”