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Old 05-28-2011, 01:20 AM
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Originally Posted by playfair View Post
I'm really sick and tired of the way the developer and his minions suppress free speeech in our town squares. Protesters at yesterday's appearance of Gov Scott at Lake Sumter Landing were removed from the town square by Sumpter County law enforcement, according to an article in the Ocala Star-Banner. Isn't that a violation of our right to free speech? Doesn't that violate the purpose and historical significance of a "town square".
I'd like to know what your feeling is about this. Yes, the developer can invite whomever he wants to speak. And contribute to candidates of his choice. But this supression of opposing opinion is WRONG!!. Let's see if someone agrees with me on this and other difficulties faced by those of us who are not in the developer's political camp.
Thanks for your feedback

Welcome to the forum and I hope you stick around. I read your post with interest and do have a few points where I disagree:

1. The term minion is one loaded with a lack of respect for the people you are referring to. A follower or underling of an important person. Normally a servile or unimportant one. This does not accurately describe any of the people I have met here.
2. Most of the long-term residents of the area that I have met (outside of residents of the Villages) hold a very low regard for the Ocala Star Banner, referring to it as the Ocala Star Blunder. It is owned by the NY Times corp. and is at least as liberal as that paper. No friend to either the Villages or Gary Morse. Perhaps a counterweight to The Daily Sun, but I believe one more inclined to state opinion as news.
3. I feel that the idea that this was suppression of free speech has already been adequately answered., but can be discussed more if you are of a mind to do this.

Again, welcome to the forum.
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