Squawk rights on fuel prices must be earned

by Bob Tippee, EditorIn a free society, speech rights are a given. Squawk rights, by contrast, must be earned.Except to the extent they manifest freedom of speech, squawk rights don’t exist in law. But they’re fundamental to human behavior.They represent a license to complain without looking hypocritical.For example, somebody who won’t get up off the sofa to adjust the thermostat shouldn’t gripe when the room gets cold. The sluggard hasn’t earned squawk rights.But who won’t nod sympathetically when the mother of 2-year-old triplets wishes out loud for a moment’s rest? She has definitely earned squawk rights.The concept is simple. Except in the US ...

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