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Letter: ‘I hope Conner does not resign’

I attended the Oct. 19 meeting of the city council when the council censured member JoAnn Conner.

The meeting came close to becoming a farce when some present attempted to turn the meeting into a court hearing when there was no sworn testimony.

It was alleged that Conner’s freedom of speech was violated. But since 1919 the U.S. Supreme Court (Schench vs. U.S.) has made it clear that free speech is not an absolute value. It is not guaranteed under every circumstance. Thus, it is reasonable to find that one hasn’t the liberty to raise verbal hell in the work place.

At least two speakers said that if the council censured Conner there would be continued attempts to silence minority opinion on the council. There will be a hit list, so watch out if you disagree with a majority — this is a wild hypothesis since the censure of Conner is only one or two censures in 50 years of the city’s existence.

I hope Conner does not resign because there remains 13 months of her term. Resignation would create a new problem. Who would replace Conner? How would it be determined? The last replacement of a council member ran for election and was defeated.

Bill Crawford

South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

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