A post in Sound Off on Jan. 7 began, "Beware Hiram Village." It contained patently false accusations. That, along with letters to Mantua Township residents, postings on a web site, all have one thing in common, someone hiding behind the veil of anonymity, and someone who does not have the fortitude to sign his or her name.
First Amendment rights do have limitations, such as libel, slander, inciting and inducing. The once quaint little township of Mantua has become a haven for abusers of their First Amendment rights, if not violators. With rights come obligations, and I would hope that truth is one of those obligations. It has not proven to be so in the recent past, here in Mantua Township.
To the good people of Hiram Village, your new hire is honest, capable and a genuinely nice person. She does not associate with dishonest people, as the Sound Off posting suggested.
To the good residents of Mantua Township, if you read a letter that is not signed with a first and last name, it is probably not true, just an opinion. If you read a post on a web site that is not signed with a first and last name, it is probably not true, just an opinion.
Roger Hurd, Mantua