Saturday, January 5, 2013

Barrett warns citizens to Shut Up

As Wilkes Barre City Council is all set to re-anoint Billy Boy Barrett as (Grand Poobah) Council Chairman, Billy issues a stern warning in today’s Citizens Voice.

Barrett said:
  • I have a lower tolerance for some of the behavior I've seen. I will not allow it to get worse
  • You don't have five minutes to address whatever you want

Wake Up Billy, YES YOU DO!! 

This is America and the First Amendment is still binding on The City Wilkes Barre, until such time, as you actually file those Articles of Secession!!

The city has an ordinance that allows the council chair to ban residents from speaking if they make "impertinent or slanderous remarks" or address council in a "boisterous" manner.

Hum... you would choose to ban Kobby but not your buddy Leo for verbally slandering members of The Taxpayers Group???

A staff attorney from the American Civil Liberties Union responded to the city's move with a letter warning them against limiting speech at the meetings.
"Both the Sunshine Law and the First Amendment preserve the public's right to express their opinions to their government. They need not do so politely or with 'decorum,'" said the letter. "In particular, the council may not institute a rule that would forbid speakers from upsetting others who attend the meetings (including, of course, Council members)."

The state's Sunshine Act requires residents to be allowed to speak about "matters of concern, official action or deliberation which are or may be before the board."

Suck it up Billy, Citizens may say what they want, how they want, and you may not stop them!!!

You could have stopped Leo from berating good citizens that speak up, but you didn’t, and now you want to silence the honest voices? 
  • I think not!!

Wake Up Wilkes Barre


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