Wednesday, March 22, 2006
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.