After reading the article by Pete Aleshire, my first thought is “brouhaha”? That conjures up a sense of commotion or uproar, but it is an eye-catching title for a newspaper story. Yes, there definitely has been a determination to get facts on what the policy or ordinance is for handing out public information (copies of the Constitution in this case) at the town park, but a brouhaha?
I’m glad to see that the situation has been addressed publicly. There was frustration and concern since we were told very clearly that there is a town ordinance against distributing information at the town park including the 4th of July. It seemed incredible that on the celebration of the formal declaration of freedom from Great Britain we were relegated to the propaganda category and denied the opportunity to share our nation’s historic pillars of freedom, the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. The other inconsistency was that there was a reading of the Declaration and a flag raising that morning, yet no copies of the Constitution could be handed out.
I very sincerely appreciate Mayor Kenny Evans clarifying that free speech is not prohibited on public property by a town ordinance in Payson.
A portion of a quote by Thomas Jefferson expressing the tendencies of people and governments ... “A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second, that for a third and so on ’til the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automations of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering. The fore-horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression. Yes, we did produce a near perfect republic, but will they keep it? Or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the path of destruction.”