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Subject: Freedom of Speech ~ Fraser
Citizens and Taxpayers of Fraser:
Norman Rockwell created a compelling series of paintings during WWII called “The Four Freedoms” to help reinforce what we were fighting to protect. Most noted, is the one titled “Freedom of Speech”.
It shows an ordinary man in ordinary clothes, in what we imagine to be a New England town meeting, rising and speaking. We do not know his topic, or his opinion, and the person or body he is addressing is not shown. But seated around him is an array of ordinary citizens. Our forefathers desire to establish and protect that Freedom of Speech is among the cornerstone reasons for the establishment of our Country.
The antithesis of this philosophy lives today in Fraser, Michigan and is vividly embodied in the sinister and cynical manipulation by the Mayor and some elected officials who control the agendas and who keep a chokehold on the taxpayers that are permitted to speak. They have no interest in points of view other than those they or their shadowy cronies concoct. They tolerate citizens input only because they consciously seek to hobble those with any other perspective but their own.
During the Council Meeting on July 12, 2008, those in attendance and those watching on the cable channel saw Mayor Moe Geromette halt Mr. Ken Immler’s “Freedom of Speech” during his allotted time through the abuse of his power and the aid of the Mayors “mute button”. During the public comment period, attached to the public hearing, Mr. Immler, a concerned building and property owner in Fraser, brought forth a number of serious concerns associated with the still sketchy plan for the Assessors Office, and the unfinished plans to keep this department afloat.
After a little over three-and-a-half minutes into Mr. Immler exercising his “Freedom of Speech”, our Mayor, without justification or notice, felt compelled to trample on one of Mr. Immler’s basic rights by turning off the public microphone so that none could hear Mr. Immler’s powerful comments. This abuse of power and the attempt of intimidation by Mayor Geromette, an elected official, is unconscionable in America and violates ours and Mr. Immler’s very basic rights (guaranteed to us by our Constitution).
I, therefore, ask that all members of the Fraser City Council make a public and written apology to Mr. Immler for Mayor Geromette’s actions. Also, each on Council should note that they are individually obligated to uphold the law of the land and that they, as our elected officials, are not above the law or above Mr. Immler’s rights. Lastly, I ask any free-thinking and free-speaking citizen and/or taxpayer of the City of Fraser to express their outrage at the “Freedom of Speech” that was denied to Mr. Immler on June 12, 2008 by e-mailing Mayor Moe Geromette: (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a unilateral denouncement of his actions.