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Commission form of government isn’t very democratic, or smart

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Commission form of government isn’t very democratic, or smart There have been complaints among old-time Saratoga residents opposing the new charter that we would lose our democratic government. I have to sadly point out to them that the current commission government is not a democracy. Our counties, states and country are not democracies. We live with various forms of representative government. Under the commission form of government, we elect five commissioners who are responsible for ...


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janesjoys
September 28, 2012
4:51 a.m.

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to James Mmaxwell - I guess I would rather be paying to help a family survive than a another tax break for Mr. Romney and Co.

muggy
September 28, 2012
6:55 a.m.

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The "movie" has NOTHING to do with the attacks by al qaeda around the world. It especially had nothing to do with the Libyan, Sept. 11th coordinated attack. Those rioters knew nothing about the movie.

The suggestion that we should outlaw speech directly contradicts the 1st amendment protection of free speech.

How ridiculous.

wmarincic
September 28, 2012
7:43 a.m.

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Sid Gordon

I will not be bullied by any religion or fools to give up my RIGHT to free speech. What next, against the law to talk about the government? Europe has laws like that and look what is happening there.

newyorker65
September 28, 2012
12:31 p.m.

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I'm tired of hearing about "free speech!" Go ahead and shout fire in a crowded theater... that's free speech... but you can't do that can you?... why?... because it's against the LAW! I may not agree 100% with Mr. Gordon, but I agree with the concept of what he's saying. There's no way of knowing if ALL of the people who participated in the riots on Sept. 11th knew or didn't know about the movie... all it takes is one to start a riot! I think people get away with way too much under the auspices of "free speech." Movie-makers thought it was cute to make fun of another's religion and look what it cost us! Don't all people have the right of religious freedom without persecution? What do you think that movie was all about?... persecution, that's what!

wmarincic
September 28, 2012
1:58 p.m.

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nyorker,
I never heard any complaints from the government about the crucifix that is submerged in urine and hanging in a museum paid for with government funds and titled Piss Christ. I guess anyone can denigrate any religion except Muslims. It is against the law to yell fire in a crowded theater because that is not free speech that is inciting a panic, two totally different things. In Europe you can go to jail for saying someone is stupid and France is enacting a 75% tax.... liberals....

newyorker65
September 28, 2012
2:10 p.m.

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wmarincic... we don't live in Europe and we don't live in France... but did you know that you can get a ticket in NYC for honking your car horn?... or throwing your cigarette butt out the window? I understand why you can't yell fire in a crowded theater, because it would incite a riot... much like that movie did, so what's the difference? BTW... did you mean to call me a liberal?... because I am most definitely not!

wmarincic
September 28, 2012
7:27 p.m.

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No we are not in Europe but our current President and liberals in general are turning America into Europe.

myshortpencil
September 28, 2012
9:12 p.m.

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People don't respect the freedom of speech because the public schools that "educate" them teach them that the government can punish all kinds of speech PLUS they do practically nothing to teach students about why the freedom of speech is a fundamental human right that no government has the right to infringe. That our own courts have repeatedly failed to protect the freedom of speech is not just reprehensible but traitorous.

By the way, the metaphor is that you can't FALSELY shout fire in a theater. But that's clearly not true, since "FIRE!" has been shouted in theaters around the world when there was none. See, e.g., http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shouting_fi...

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