Free speech shouldn't be hostile speech. That was part of the discussion at Thursday's City Club meeting at St. Charles. OSU Cascades Political Science Professor Jim Foster is addressing the group. He says despite our differences, we have to find ways to have a civil discussion in this country on difficult subjects. You're talking life and death, war and peace, economic security in the early part of the 21st century. It has great consequences for us and our kids. If we can't figure out how to talk, we're in real trouble. And we defeat what the first amendment is which is to encourage conversation. Professor Foster recently wrote a book called "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" on a Alaskan First Amendment case.