But once a speaker launches a personal attack at a member of council, there should be some way to limit that. Every council meeting should not be a political forum.
The quote above comes from comments made by Mayor Paul Fraim earlier this week after council a frequent council critic attacked one of the members of council.
I don’t know that is is possible to ban political speech – after all, didn’t we just go down the path of allowing corporations to participate?
In any event, I have to agree with Kent Willis here:
“The council does have the right to maintain a certain decorum,” he said. “If they don’t already, they can ban personal attacks on council members and others.”
That, it seems, would solve the issue. And while they are at it, how about televising the “open mic” portion of the meetings? Seems to me it would be helpful for the public to see what’s on the minds of our fellow citizens.