Wednesday, November 23, 2011

'Fair Game' Means All Sides Are Represented

Greenfield mayor receives complaints after petitioners gather recall signatures at library.. (, 11/232/2011)

Excerpt:   Petitions to recall Governor Scott Walker have been appearing daily inside the Greenfield Public Library atrium. The petitions have gotten a fair amount of signatures, but some have written to Greenfield's mayor, asking him to stop the signing. Greenfield's mayor says the library is public property, and thus, fair game.  [My emphasis.]

Has this group been invited to the library?
Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues

And just out of curiosity, what does the Greenfield Public Library Board have to say about all of this?

From 3/11/2011 Government Accountability Board memo. Use of government buildings. We have searched for, but have not found, any statute governing the appropriate or prohibited uses of government buildings. Creating rules for the use of government buildings is up to the governmental authority that owns the building, subject to First Amendment considerations.  [My emphasis.]

Makes me wonder how thorough their search of the statutes was.  Did they snooze while reading chapter 43, specifically 43.52(2)?

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