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CDA: Don’t limit comment

| May 25, 2022 1:00 AM

Our City Council members are elected by WE THE PEOPLE. It is up to the City Council to listen to public comment. Now, they want to limit comments to 30 minutes. This limited censorship of community voices are ways for council members to do what they want and not that of the community.

Limiting comments to Coeur d’Alene residents is not right. Consider the people who have businesses in Coeur d’Alene but may live out from Coeur d’Alene. The Council is discriminating against these people. Businesses that pay taxes to the city should have a say in the city council meetings when council actions affect them.

What may appear to be a similar comment to Mayor Hammond, may indeed include additional information a citizen would like to make known or discuss.

One-on-one communication is more effective as body language can speak louder than words. Comments before the council would be on record. Could this be the reason phone calls and emails were suggested?

If community involvement is too much for the council, then they need to think about an exit.

JoANN LOKKEN

Coeur d’Alene

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