Wednesday, September 14, 2005

In Cindy Sheehan's Wake Laws Change

Sheehan protest spurs county action, Parking to be banned on roads leading to Bush's ranch:
Citing public safety concerns, not a desire to limit anti-war demonstrators, McLennan County commissioners on Tuesday approved a measure to prohibit parking along 23 miles of county roads surrounding President Bush's Crawford-area ranch.


The lone dissenter, Commissioner Joe Mashek, read aloud the First Amendment, which guarantees the right to free expression. He said he voted against the order because limiting parking along 23 miles of road is "too extreme.


Commissioner Ray Meadows, who represents the area around Bush's ranch, said he wasn't approached by the White House or the Secret Service to push the ban. He said he was responding to complaints from the area's 80 or so residents, including six on Tuesday who were upset about blocked roads, loud music and public health and safety matters during the lengthy protest.
Democracy in action?


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