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Dwight Burns

I would suggest the Mayor take a refresher course in American History.

I can still remember a time when the police would harass Blacks for gatherings of more then three, if not in a Church setting...

What is being suggested, is a slippery slope..

Find ways to bring people to the City instead of coming of with ways to keep them away.

PD Hyatt

This is what is going on in Washington D.C. More control over the citizens as the government does not trust the citizens to make wise decisions.... What is funny about this is that the government entities are not and have not been making wise decisions for awhile....All this ordinance is going to do is stop theses gatherings. Hitchcock has enough problems trying to grow without more rules and laws to stop people from coming here.... Of course that might be what the Mayor and the Police Chief want to do with this new set of rules....

Jake Linkey

The article did not specify a month that the SF mass gathering ordinance was approved, but since it was 1981 and the big rally in support of shrimping was held near Runge park on private property, I would think it came about as a reaction to the rally, because at the time (Feb)the city had to approve a permit for the planners to host the gathering no matter what peoples views were of groups or individuals attending. It is a slippery slope to use in an attempt to prevent or hinder groups the ability to meet. At some point depending on the makeup of a council, clear thinking may be clouded by folks who feel a fair and rodeo are dangerous to animals and should be suspended, or certain groups of people because of their political views or ethnic makeup should be hindered. We see this going on continuelly even across the country in once very successful outdoors, hunting and fishing shows some groups have tried to blackmail and hinder businesses from participating. We may not all agree with each other's views, but we should not try and prevent an event by imposing a financial hardship. Only prevent it if it is detrimental to the safety and health of those attending or the community.

Carlos Ponce

The Santa Fe mass gathering ordinance was passed on Wednesday February 4, 1981. The Galveston Daily News headline for Thursday February 5, 1981 reads," KKK action prompts SF mass meeting law."

Jl Hime

What would happen if 300 people wanted to demonstrate against the current elected government? Get arrested?

Thomas Jefferson - " When people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty."

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