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School board must allow public comment

DEAR EDITOR:

Unfortunately, I missed the May 17 South Range Board of Education meeting, as I was out of town for work; however, I did watch the video, and some comments were made by Board President Wince that concern me.

He threatened to ban a resident from speaking at board meetings for the rest of his tenure as president. That is very troubling. The last time I read the Constitution, it still included freedom of speech. This isn’t China — we’re allowed to criticize our public officials.

Over the past few years, under the previous board president, we were trending in a much more transparent direction. I fear that Mr. Wince may bring back the shroud.

I ran for office to defend free speech and fight for transparency so parents could better collaborate with the board to improve our students’ education. I understand the use of time limits, and it makes sense to keep them, but to ban a resident from speaking? I thought this was America.

TAYLOR CHRISTIAN

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