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RIGHT OF CITIZENS TO SPEAK

MY VIEWPOINT

RICHARD TRUITT

The right to speak is our most important right. It has been challenged more than any other right.      

In 2008 the Loudon County School voted to give the public the right to speak on non-agenda items at the end of the meeting making it a board policy.

In September 2012 at a work shop, the board completely changed the format for the public to speak on non-agenda items. The game got a little too tough for them.

They claim the director of schools and the chairman have the right to set the agenda.  Maybe so. What they don't have is the right to change board policy without the board voting on the change. A long story short they're saying 4+4=9.

What bothers me is the way they went about the change all done behind closed doors. I think the school board should be the example of fair play, honesty, and integrity. I don't see that in this situation. The whole thing doesn't meet the smell test. The board basically wants to run a dog and pony show.

The taxpayers of London County are spending 122 cents of the 178 tax rate on the schools. That alone would seem to give the taxpayers an implied right to speak. Surely we can stand the free exchange of ideas.

Loudon County Commission allows the citizens to speak on agenda and non-agenda items. It's well to mention Director of Schools Jason Vance has gone to commission and spoke on non-agenda items, something he has denied the taxpayers of Loudon County.                        

 LETTERS TO EDITOR pdf - AS APPEARS IN THE JAN 9-10, 2013 NEWS HERALD - SUBJECT TO EDITING

 

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