I had an email tonight from the person that started the FBIbook site for Brattleboro’s representative town meeting. It was closed by this person because of fear that use of it violated state open meeting laws. Now go to every other town in Vermont, none of which have a representative town meeting. Every citizen in the town is entitled to attend the town meeting and vote. Is someone claiming that citizens of the town cannot discuss their upcoming town meeting over the internet? Can they discuss them at a coffee shop?
I also see that everyone on the page quotes “someone who said” without ever mentioning who. Was it someone who is generally regarded as authoritative on state law? I also note that not one person quotes the law itself. Did anyone read it? Did anyone call the Secretary of State? I sigh when I see this self-imposed reactive fear. People silencing themselves out of fear of a law that they haven’t even been assured is applicable. When there is a definitive ruling I will follow my conscience. Until then I will follow persuasive logic and understanding. With luck these two will unite.