The Washington Times-Herald


December 21, 2013

Two stories put focus on First Amendment


What people got upset with were the consequences of his First Amendment exercises. As an old professor used to say, “My rights end where your face begins.” The same logic holds true in the exercise of free speech. Whether one stands with Robertson or not, the network did not create any constitutional dilemma. Frankly, I think the upcoming season needs new life pumped into it. There’s only so many ways Willie and Si can look like fools, but I hope Phil comes back.

Of course, there was a third story in the press I omitted that also touched on the First Amendment, the issue raised by FOX News’ Megyn Kelly on whether Jesus and Santa Claus are white. I’m not touching that one. There’s too many ways I could end up on Santa’s naughty list if I went there.

Personal note: I write this column inspired by the memory of former professor Ronald Roat, who suddenly passed away in Michigan last month.

Professor Roat taught me and many journalism students at the University of Southern Indiana to respect the power of the written word and how to make it in a tough industry.

He loved discussing the state of journalism, along with being an accomplished teacher, writer, editor and mystery novelist. He was one of my mentors and my friend. He will be missed not only by myself, but an entire fraternity of journalists in southwestern Indiana and elsewhere.

Nate Smith discusses these stories, along with items he is working on and whatever pops in his head on his Twitter feed at @NateSmithWTH or on Facebook at Email him at



Text Only
  • OPN - WT082114 - McMurtryMug - NBS Update on Oak Grove Cemetery situation On July 21, a meeting of concerned citizens, hosted at the request of Mayor Joe Wellman, was held in the City Council chambers. Present at the meeting were representatives from city and county government, Daviess Community Foundation, local funeral

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • LETTER: Salaries are a matter of perspective Salaries are a matter of perspective Editor:The Indiana Hospital Association and Daviess Community Hospital were disappointed to read a recent story in the Washington Times Herald brandishing the salaries of hospital employees for all to see. Publish

    August 13, 2014

  • Snails do have some issues Go on a hike with kids and one of the things they always look forward to finding are snails. There is something about a snail that seems to attract children. After finding a snail the first thing you hear is, “Can I take it home?” I usually say it is

    August 12, 2014

  • Melon time is the best time of the year I love the month of August. The produce is bountiful, the sun is bright and there’s nothing better than a slice of juicy watermelon straight from the field. Some of my most vivid memories come from the field in the form of the extra-large 80-plus-pou

    August 9, 2014

  • Back to school marks time for politicians to keep their hands off of education Back to school time here in Southern Indiana. While the high school football season may be just around the corner, the game of using education as a political football never seems to end. There is a constant wrestling match between Indiana Governor Mi

    August 2, 2014

  • Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat Cheating has been part of college athletics probably for as long as people have bothered to keep score.Sometimes it could be as simple as a C-note handshake or a little cash slipped into a player’s socks outside his locker with a note telling him to

    July 25, 2014

  • Letter: Sex is clearly defined Sex is clearly definedEditor:I say “Amen” to Pastor Showers’ letter to the editor. Sex in its pureness is only between one man and woman in the bonds of marriage, till death do they part. No others on the side.Man lying with man, woman lying with wom

    July 18, 2014

  • Hobby Lobby court ruling a right one for religious freedom The Supreme Court recently issued a ruling that marked an important development in the ongoing national debate on religious freedom.In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that the contraception coverage mandate, imposed by the Obama Administration under

    July 17, 2014

  • Good work DCH for helping vets Good work DCH for helping vetsEditor:On behalf of the veteran organizations of Daviess County, we wish to take this opportunity to recognize Daviess Community Hospital’s CEO David Bixler for the representation of our community hospital and the servic

    July 17, 2014

  • I am proud to fight against the 'War on Coal I recently signed on as an original cosponsor to a bipartisan bill led by one of my Democrat colleagues from West Virginia that would stop the newly released Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations on existing coal-generated power plants.He

    July 16, 2014