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Selective freedom of speech


During this week’s New Bern Board of Aldermen meeting, member Victor Taylor apparently realized how he sounds while speaking after reviewing the minutes from the previous one in which important business took place, such as his discussion on the wonderful service he recently received while eating at Outback.

No, the steakhouse didn’t pay for the rambling endorsement as far as we are aware. However, it may take a FOIA request to verify this.

Apparently, the clerk mixed up a friend’s name. OK, no biggie. The board agreed to the change without much pause.

Now, here’s where the absurdity comes in. He wanted the verbiage of a direct quote in the minutes altered. Because he needed to sound intelligent, he wanted the written history of a meeting changed. Perhaps someone should explain integrity and ethical standards to Mr. Taylor.

Amazingly, someone challenged the request – Alderman Pat Schaible. Gasp. Not a good move on anyone’s part because he is apparently infallible.

Taylor actually argued there was no need to check the tape or rather, the facts. If he said something it is fact. He was quite visibly angered at the mere suggestion and the bickering ensued.

My hope is everyone remembers this at the polls. This is who you gave your voice to. While some may argue it was a minor change, it brings into question the validity of every set of closed meeting minutes. (By the way, those notes are public record but they are sparse. According to Public Record Laws though, a reasonable person should be able to understand the topic of discussion.)

The part that we should all be concerned about (besides the obvious lack of ethical standards) is that this board, as well as every other local board in Craven County, limits the freedom of speech during the open forum portion of official meetings by setting a time limit on everyone “allowed” to speak. Yet, as Alderman Taylor said, he is authorized to say anything he wants during his report to the board. And there is no time restraint to the ramblings.

And if you don’t think elected officials should have a time limit, you have obviously never attended a late-night Craven County Board of Commissioners’ meeting to hear about gas rates.

So, as the primary approaches at the national level and even the smaller local ones, remember who you are silencing yourself for. Yes, you have the right to vote and freedom of speech but you still lose your voice in the shuffle.

And unfortunately, sometimes your silence is replaced by commentary on a good meal.

Wakeup Call – Greg Brannon

Tomorrow 03-20-2015, Dr. Greg Brannon on a special edition of Wakeup Call talks about Uncompromising liberty!

6:30 am on 94.1 FM WNBU or available at 7:00 am on our website HERE!

CCTA NEWS RELEASE–February 12. 2014

Like our founders, the Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association (CCTA) believes that only a moral, virtuous, well-informed citizenry is capable of self-government. In order to foster the kind of citizens a self-governing society needs, CCTA is forming the following classes…


Summary – For 5,000 years people lived in much the same labor intensive way. Then the American experiment brought forth a society in which there was freedom and the opportunity to live independently. In the next 200 years, invention and creativity flourished. This course teaches the principles of freedom and the ideas our founding documents are based on. The class is based on the book with the same title written by W. Cleon Skousen.

The class is free and is suitable for adults and mature young people. The class meets each Saturday at 10 a.m.


Summary – Only laws made pursuant to the constitution are the supreme law of the land. Federal laws that fall outside the purview of the U.S. Constitution are null and void and of no effect. States can and should interpose themselves between their citizens and unconstitutional laws. The class is based on the book of the same name by Thomas Woods, Jr., PhD.

The class is also free and is suitable for adults. The class meetseach Saturday at 11:30 a.m.


Summary – This study visits the work, writing, and beliefs of 21 radicals who, although dead, are still influencing us and the rest of the world. You will probably have heard of some (Saul Alinsky, Karl Marx). You may not know others (Alice Baily, Benjamin Bloom). This class is based on the book of the same name by Brannon Howse.

The class is free and is suitable for adults. The class meets each Tuesday at 2 p.m.


All classes meet at

Highland Park Christian Church

Carolina Avenue, Trent Woods

If you have questions, please call 252-444-7272

Info provided by:

Raynor James, PR Chair, Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association (CCTA)

252-288-6228 (home)

252-626-2804 (cell)

Disclaimer: Although some of our classes and events are held at local churches, the churches are not affiliated with and do not endorse or support Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association (CCTA). We have simply made arrangements with them to use their facilities. All church functions and activities remain separate and unaffiliated with CCTA functions and activities. The facilities are used for educational and organizational purposes only and not for political events or endorsements.


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