Monday, February 20, 2012

Montrose Council, Free Speech & Free Press

Tonight the Montrose Borough  council will meet for the third time in as many weeks. Their first meeting, on Feb. 6 came to an abrupt halt when, after being filmed for ten minutes, they decided that anyone with objections to being recorded by video camera could walk out. They walked.

Remember – that was an open meeting for conducting the public’s business.

Then last week, the council members elected to represent the people, instituted a long list of ways to restrict public speech and freedom of the press.

What will they do tonight? Go early to get a seat. Locals are hoping that plenty of camera- and recorder-laden reporters show up to document the antics of this council. And one citizen reporter is asking that “free people” stand up for their right to free speech and a free press. “Come early and bring a camera,” she advises. Bring a notebook and pencil too – because so far the council hasn't banned those. Perhaps they haven’t heard that the pen is mightier than the sword...

The council meeting begins at 7:30 pm in the Montrose Borough Building, 61 Cherry Street, Montrose PA.

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