Recently there was a Letter to the Editor in the Times Call talking about limiting City Council’s Public Invited to Be Heard which is provided for at city council meetings on Tuesday nights. Public Invited To Be Heard allows every Longmont citizen up to 3 minutes to talk to their locally elected representatives to tell them what they think about an issue.
As a former city council member for 5 years, there was no doubt that there were times that I wished folks would “hurry up” or “summarize their thoughts. However, I always reminded myself about what America stands for. Here, in this country, we are allowed free speech and we are given the right to talk to our elected council members. While this might be inconvenient for elected officials, I feel strongly that citizens need to speak out and let their representatives know what is on the minds of the people they work for. Remember, the voters are the ultimate decision makers. City council members work for us. How can they govern if they do not know how citizens feel about an issue?
We all have a right to speak out. When someone decides they want to run for public office, this is the job that they agreed to perform. Ducking out on this public duty is not the kind of person we want representing us. Elected officials need to listen.