Hold meetings at public’s convenience
A proposed earlier starting time of 5:30 p.m. for city council meetings (Gazette June 22 article “Council eyes return to in-person meetings”) that allow public participation is a terrible idea.
Meetings should be held at the convenience of the public and not elected officials.
This idea has come up in the past and thankfully past city councils have quickly dismissed it.
I’m pleased to read at least Ms. Porterfield has the common sense to oppose this early start idea.
Speaking as a person who attended meetings for almost 20 years before serving on the city council for two terms, please put this idea away for good.
I didn’t attend meetings just to speak as suggested by one council member who is in favor of this change, but to see my local government in action, and there was no way I could get there by 5:30 when I worked my day job.
If only one person is denied the opportunity to speak out because of this 90-minute proposed change, it would be a knife in the heart of open government.
Please city council, you’ve had it fairly easy for the past 15 months, do your job and put this selfish idea away for good.
There will be five open seats for city council this November, so please ask candidates seeking those seats what their views are on meeting starting times when the public is allowed to participate.
This should be a deciding factor when it comes time to vote for people who are elected to represent us and not themselves.
State needs real deterrents to crime
Here we go again.
It sounds like the honest, taxpaying, non-criminal people are going to get hit with more gun control.
Cuomo and other Democrat big mouths are talking about gun control. When Killer Cuomo uses words like emergency, it’s a reminder of how they passed the “Safe Act” in the middle of the night.
Of course Cuomo knows about killing; he racked up an impressive score in our nursing homes.
Why is he not in jail?
Certainly a lot of gun/gang violence is happening in the cities. And guess what, a good bet is not one of the offenders can legally purchase or possess a firearm, especially a handgun.
They do nothing to stop this. And in fact, they go the other way by passing useless junk laws like “catch and release’’ and not coming down hard on criminal youth by changing what they define as adult.
This liberal/progressive idiocy has to stop.
We need real deterrents like no parole and serving heavy time. Bring back a good, fast-working death penalty for gun crimes would make the streets safer.
Leave the cops alone and let them do their jobs. Also why does the media and wacky politicians always use the term “gun violence?” Wake up. It’s violence, period. In that case, a gun is a tool misused by criminals.
As for me, my guns have not hurt anyone or robbed anyone. At age 76, having owned a gun since I was 10, I guess that disproves it’s all the gun’s fault.
David G. DeMarco
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