Wednesday, March 22, 2006


Freedom of speech prevails ... barely

By Alain A. de la Villesbret

Freedom of speech was challenged at the St. Landry Parish Council meeting Tuesday night when the council narrowly defeated a proposed ordinance to stifle board and commission appointees who speak negatively toward parish government.

"They lost their freedom of speech when they got appointed," argued District 5 Councilman Ronald E. Buschel.

"Suppose someone wanted to come in here and talk about race," he said to a suddenly silenced council room.

No one answered him. Instead, Miller read his ordinance into the record and the council defeated it by a vote of 7-5.

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