In my reading this week, I ran across a quote attributed to the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: 

 “Our lives begin to end the moment we become silent about things that matter.” 

 With all the ridiculous, immature arguments about violent rhetoric and with those trying to regulate what we can say, I think the quote is appropriate.  I’m also reminded of Simon and Garfunkel’s words: “Silence, like a cancer, grows.”  These quotes probably wouldn’t mean much to certain individuals in this country who feel that others don’t really matter or that their lives aren’t worth much.  But to the common, everyday American citizen, these words are an important warning that we must take very seriously.