1st Amendment

27 Apr

There’s a term we use when a government entity engages in prior restraint of political speech, be it in a leaflet, a newsletter, or even on a privately-owned billboard. That term is “unconstitutional”.

Yet that’s the situation we have with respect to Rus Thompson’s efforts to rent billboard signage on Grand Island to protest the Thruway tolls to enter that island from the North or South; there is no toll-free way to come onto Grand Island.

This just might be a bona fide federal case.

4 Responses to “1st Amendment”

  1. Rus Thompson April 27, 2007 at 10:58 pm #

    I agree and the intimidation factor from the thruway authority keeps owners of the billboards from posting a simple statement.

    Say No to Grand Island Tolls
    NoGItolls.com

    That is all we want on the sign.

  2. Ford Beckwith April 28, 2007 at 1:50 am #

    This is the kind of crap that ends up keeping the A.T.F. in business. Not that I condone that kind of action.

  3. Terry April 28, 2007 at 11:11 am #

    I am not sure that I care to see that eyesore plastered in the sky.Yeah, no one wants the tolls, but rather than waste money on a billboard and add to visual pollution, why not spend the money and ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!…???? The thing about activism—— it requires ACTIVITY!

  4. jen April 28, 2007 at 10:43 pm #

    Rus has been active. He started an online petition and has spoken out about the tolls to numerous media outlets. I am sure that is only a fraction of what he has done in regards to the tolls.

    I am in Savannah, but Rus, if you want to get a good old fashioned protest going, just post something online and I will gladly pay the airfare and take time off from my job to join you.

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