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On the altar of the greater good

Margaret Gilleo, a resident of the city of Ladue, Mo., placed a sign on her property: “Say No to War In The Persian Gulf. Call Congress Now.” Gilleo was informed that the signs were prohibited under Ladue city ordinances. Gilleo brought suit (http://www.lib.niu.edu/ipo/im940811.html).

The Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, held that the city’s ordinance was in violation of Gilleo’s constitutional right to free speech, i.e., City of Ladue v. Gilleo, No. 92-1856.

The city argued that its ordinance was a proper regulation of “time, place or manner” of speech. The court, however, was not persuaded by the city’s argument that adequate substitutes existed for the medium of speech banned by the ordinance. Further, the court found that the city had virtually foreclosed residential signs as a “venerable means of communication that is both unique and important” that have long been a distinct medium for expression. The city’s ordinance was a readily apparent danger to freedom of speech. Precisely because of their location on residential property, such signs provided information about the identity of the “speaker,” which is an important component of persuasion. Further, the court indicated such signs are an unusually cheap and convenient form of communication which can reach a particular audiences.

Notice that the elitist Natural Heritage 2020 visionaries are not only willing to sacrifice your property rights but also your freedom of speech on the altar of the greater good. (http://www.kdwn.com/destroyer.html)!

Bill Thomas

Grass Valley

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