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Signs posted on private property along Highway 93 are igniting debate about the boundaries of free speech.
Nicky Ouellet / Montana Public Radio

A cluster of political signs outside Lakeside has sparked debate about the boundaries of free speech.

0731/2014 - Is independent political speech the linchpin of our democracy or its Achilles' heel?   For democracy to work, some say, citizens (and corporations, and unions, and media outlets, and other voluntary organizations) must be allowed to express their views on the issues, candidates, and elections of the day. This proposition, they say, is exactly why the First Amendment protects the freedom of speech and of the press. On this view, restrictions on independent political speech undermine and subvert our constitutional structure.