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Wrongly silenced

| Monday, March 9, 2015, 9:00 p.m.

I am sad to say Delmont seems to be the laughingstock of Westmoreland County. In a town as small as Mayberry, we have a gag-order policy on three nonunion borough employees ( “Policy bars Delmont staff from talking about borough matters” ). Can Delmont Council say “freedom of speech”? I doubt they know what the First Amendment says.

We have been the butt of jokes, such as “Do we have covert operations going on?” Then we have those saying “Did Obama and Eric Holder take over the town?” This is way beyond ridiculous, it is insane.

To get information from our council president is almost impossible, since he misses a lot of meetings and his phone number is unlisted. Our mayor is not Bill Peduto of Pittsburgh. Her responsibilities pertain to the police force, reading the fire report and planning events such as community day. The only time she should be involved in council business is if there is a tie vote, which rarely happens.

The three employees have done nothing wrong. Council, on the other hand, has broken the sunshine laws and lied to the citizens about it more than once. Our own solicitor knew of an allegedly illegal meeting and did nothing about it; he in fact sanctioned it ( “Former Delmont official claims council violated Sunshine Act” ). So who needs to bear the threat of losing their jobs, the employees or our council and solicitor?

My vote goes to the latter. They are one body that votes 7-0 on just about everything — no questions asked. They are like sheep that follow an inept leader. ACLU, I hope you are reading this.

Julie Walczer

Delmont

The writer is a former Delmont councilwoman.

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