Ban Comment Pooling at City Council Meetings
By William Smithers
I support a ban on comment "pooling" at Santa Barbara City Council meetings, i.e. on citizen attendees providing slips to give their two-minute speaking time to another attendee, allowing the latter to speak for many minutes uninterrupted.
The pooling provision has been abused often in the recent past by individuals promoting specific political/social/environmental/racial agendas in seemingly endless narcissistic colloquies.
Such a ban would in no way limit or eliminate our precious "free-speech" rights. Any person following council rules as to subject matter has the right to spend two minutes expounding on it/them.
If more than one person wishes to express a point of view, each under current rules is permitted two minutes to do so.
This is fair and equitable. On numerous occasions I've been frustrated watching council meetings delayed by persons dressing or behaving "cute" and delivering endless orations.
Santa Barbarans should be willing to abide by rules giving them an opportunity to express any opinion that follow council guidelines in two minutes.
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