Enough already...

Protest is a fundamental right. Yet, there comes a time when it becomes counterproductive in garnering positive awareness and support.

Our Town Green is a beautiful spot, for fun and photography.  It's fairly unique in the area. 

Yet, for well over a year, on an almost daily basis, there's been a huge truck, plastered in protest, parked in front of the Town Hall.

Added to this, we then have this vehicle circling the Green blaring the music of our Armed Services.  This music has been co-opted, and while it's probably public domain, I think it's being seriously misused.

Added to this is the fact that the vast majority of recipients of this audio/visual display have zero connection with Town Hall, apart from some folks being tax payers, and fellow citizens.

Respectfully, isn't it time to bring this chapter of free speech to a close?


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Dr. Alfred C. Whitehead May 24, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Listen to Wayne Cooke's message and not the music. Bringing "free speech to a close" is tantamount in saying you don't have guaranteed free speech anymore. I would rather see that ugly truck and its music blaring rather than take away his constitutional right to express his freedom of speech. Repectfully... you are on very shaky grounds with your proposal.
Bill Keane May 25, 2012 at 01:21 AM
"Isn't it time to bring THIS CHAPTER of free speech to a close." That's what was written. Clearly, and obviously, I wasn't referring to all free speech. Removing a loud, mobile, months old eye-sore isn't taking away one person's rights. It's recognizing that other people have rights too.
Dr. Alfred C. Whitehead May 25, 2012 at 02:23 AM
If Cooke was not within his right of free speech.. he would have been shut down by the police long ago. What if an atheist complained that they did not like the sound of your Church's bells because he found the ringing offensive? Would you stop? Banning or abloishing something is not the way to "bring this chapter of free speech to a close." I am sure Mr. Cooke will go away when the current administration either answers his questions honestly and fairly or is voted out of office. I respect what you're saying, but I don't agree with you. Just because I don't agree with you (as you with Mr. Cooke), should I ask you to "bring this chapter of free speech to a close." You chose to express your opinion on the matter via the Branford Patch. Mr. Cooke has chosen his ugly truck and blaring music to get his message accross. Both of you are fortuante that you have more than one way to express yourselves in this free society. God bless you and Mr. Cooke.
Bill Keane May 25, 2012 at 03:07 AM
I haven't mentioned anyone by name. I did not suggest anyone was not within their rights. Didn't use the words, "banning" or "abolishing" either. Sorry, but the "straw man" sidetrack isn't helpful. This is about reasonably respecting the rights of residents and visitors around the Green who have had incendiary placards and loud music imposed upon them for well over a year. Has a message thusly been conveyed? No question. Only at this point, it's a message not necessarily consistent with what might have been initially intended. That, I think, is very sad. One responsibility incumbent with the unquestioned right of free speech is the requirement of knowing when to exercise due restraint. Indeed, since you raise the point, as it pertains to church bells, we only have one, and it rings but once a week, for an extremely short duration. We don't circle the Green clanging it on a daily basis. Still, if we chose such an approach, I would hope that long before a year passed, a kind and sensible person, atheist or not, would suggest we stop. One might also hope that in the respect for individual rights and freedom, the person behind the display currently in discussion would be somewhat near sensing it's time for the show to close. Even assuming the original message had merit, it's entirely possible that its merit has long ago been drown out. And, indeed, may God bless you too, along with the owner of the truck, and the population enjoying our Green.
Dr. Alfred C. Whitehead May 25, 2012 at 11:14 AM
America is a wonderful place to live... we can agree to disagree and still respect one another's choices. BTW... I love the sound of Church bells. I think they should be rung more often (daily) to remind people that Churches, regardless of their denomination, are a place of worship and answer to a higher power. Amen.
Wayne Cooke June 03, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Reverend Keane....I respectfully suggest you learn the issues.....John 8:32
Bill Keane June 04, 2012 at 03:48 AM
The display has long since overshadowed and obscured whatever issues may have been worth exploring. It has become a fixated parody, well past a reasoned protest respecting the rights we all share.
Wayne Cooke June 04, 2012 at 11:59 AM
As long as Town Hall remains corrupt, the trailer is going nowhere.
TB June 04, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I too am sick and tired of the truck blaring the music. I understand your reasoning but when you are targeting town hall the rest of us have to suffer too.


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