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1st Amendment Free Speech

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The Johnson Amendment and the First Amendment

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Craven County School administration works toward misdemeanor

Just when I think the administration at Craven County Schools can’t sink any lower, they once again surprise me.

Take this weekend as a great example. During the heavy rain and wind that hit the county, a group of dedicated Board of Education candidates hoping to fill seats on the School Board, along with volunteers, braved the weather to deliver signs along with their message within Craven County.

Their mistake seems to be they thought the administration wouldn’t remove the signs from the public right-of-way near the school’s central office in New Bern. The signs lasted less than 24 hours before they were removed, admittedly by the administration at Craven County Schools, who argued the central office is private property.

That’s right taxpayers, the central office built with your money is private. And apparently, the right-of-way is as well.

Perhaps these administrators need to read the General Statutes that explicitly state the removal of political signs is a Class 3 misdemeanor.

My question to these administrators: What are you so afraid of? What gives you the right to go against the law and remove someone else’s signs? Finally, why not just call the candidates and ask them to remove the signs?

I know some people may not care about the candidates signs. After all, it’s their money – not yours. However, we all need to be concerned when free speech is abated due to a handful of administrators claiming to know what’s best for the county.

Feel free to contact me at gisela@cctaxpayers.com.

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.

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Wakeup Call 06-05-2015

Free Speech & Free Lunch

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