Those old statutes

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In the road wars article ("State, feds reach first accord in Utah's road wars," Aug. 19), The Salt Lake Tribune referred to the road law as the "Civil War-era statute known at R.S. 2477." Does the Tribune refer to the First Amendment granting free speech as the "Revolutionary War-era statute"?

How old does a law have to be for The Tribune to pooh-pooh its relevance by mentioning its age?

Every newspaper in the country stands on the shoulders of the old-as-the-hills First Amendment, even the Tribune.

Jeannie Hunt

Fredonia, Ariz.