Letters to the Editor

Letter: Time to do something about billboard advertising pornographic website

To the Editor:

I am sharing a letter that I recently sent to officials regarding a billboard ad in unincorporated McHenry County. The response I received to this letter was that nothing can be done due to law and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. But are we so far gone that no one else out there wants something done?  

“Dear [redacted],

I am a licensed clinical social worker and therapist employed at [redacted] and in my own private practice. I was more than surprised to see a billboard on Route 14 in Woodstock as I drove to [redacted] this morning advertising a pornographic website. While I am far from a prude and far from perfect (I do not speak out of a self-righteous tone), the pornography industry and sex-trafficking industry are plaguing our society in unfathomable ways. I am writing to encourage the removal of that ad with the intent of not drawing too much attention to it. A quiet statement of “no – not here – not imposed on our citizens and our children.” I’m certain you will receive much communication about this in all sorts of tones. Please know I approach in peace as a therapist being trained in sex addiction and the neurological damage done by pornography impacting relationships and families across the nation and, of course, in our own McHenry County community.

Thank you for your attention to this, and I hope to see some movement in the battle against the destruction of pornography.”

Mary Mathias

Huntley

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