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That there is much porn on the Internet cannot be denied, any more than dirty jokes in our gatherings or obscenities in our daily languages. We are surprised to learn there is so much of it, however ("62 percent of Internet users are on porn sites, panel told," Deseret News, Sunday, July 22, Page A21).

"Out of sight, out of mind," is too irresponsible an attitude. Although we cannot completely restrict its presence in all of our interactions, we can control it; every effort contributes to a better social atmosphere in the same way that it helps the peace of our communities to have officers drive through our neighborhoods and pass by our businesses periodically.

Police officers are not on our backs all of the time, nor would controls on Internet communications be like slavering hounds; we all want fences around our properties and security in our places of abode, wherever they might be: under an overpass or in a gated community. Everyone wants not only freedom of choice but also freedom from exposure.

Where this is not possible, such as when we pull up a screen for our e-mail, or go to a movie and first have to sit through the horrendous previews, we draw upon greater powers to protect ourselves and our minds (our sanity?).

These are political powers. Utah's "porn czar" official is one such monitor.

We should realize that, like policemen or politicians, we must pay for such assistance. Citizens can direct their tax resources, however. In that way we can have controls and share the burdens.

The first way to do it is to demand that our judges, both state and federal, tighten up the definitions of free speech. They are generally far too liberal (read callous) and indifferent (read prejudiced).

This is all we ask. To be able to enjoy the good things of life with our families.

Will and Helen Pearson

West Jordan