Mary Kasper vs Three City Councilors
My name is Mary Kasper, 106 High St. in Florence. I'm here to talk about the Feb. 22nd meeting of the Committee on Social Services and Veterans Affairs.
For those who have not seen the video of this meeting, please check out NORTHAMPTONMEDIA.COM.
Matters Councilors LaBarge, Plassmann, and Tacy discuss are: raising the fines for marijuana use; having drug-sniffing dogs in the schools; trying to gate and control access to the Meadows; changing open container laws. At the suggestion of an unidentified member of the audience, they decide it’s appropriate to look at sex ads in the Valley Advocate and add this to their future agenda.
City Code, Chapter 22-6 Subsection A2, defines the charge of this committee. None of these matters are under its purview.
Particularly troubling is Councilor Plassmann’s pushing of her personal agenda to change marijuana laws by May, in total disregard for the will of the voters.
Where is there any sign of good process? Where is public input? Where are best practices?Nowhere to be found in this discussion.
On the issue of drug-sniffing dogs in the schools: We members of the High School Building Committee spent countless hours trying to build the very best school we could to foster learning, intellectual curiosity, creativity, good citizenship, a sense of community. The fabric of trust that has been built in our schools would be ripped apart by drug-sniffing dogs making random searches up and down the hallways. I can't think of anything that would alienate the students more. Please leave this in the hands of those competent to deal with these issues.
I hope the City Council, as well as my fellow citizens, will review the video of the entire meeting; it’s available online.
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