Thursday, 18 June 2009 10:53
Never was the importance of a local periodical more evident than in the June 10 edition of the Mineola American. As we all know, the televising of the public portion of our village board meetings has been suspended. Without the American, the throngs of villagers who have had their lives utterly devastated by this would never have known why it happened in the first place.
All one needs to do is read the disjointed ranting of Jean Falabella in the Letters to the Editor section (in the June 10 issue). That is proof positive why not everyone is ready for prime time.
The village meetings are a place for residents to listen to our entrusted representatives conduct the business of Mineola. During the public session, we are then afforded the opportunity to comment on community business and put related problems or issues before the board. It is not a forum for anyone who has a personal vendetta, as is evident in Mrs. Falabella’s invective. I witnessed her broadcasted performances. Frankly, it was embarrassing. As we can all attest, it is one thing to have allegations made against us and quite another to have them televised. None of us wants to be there. It’s simply not appropriate.
Televised personal attacks also create a dangerous legal liability for our village. And we all know how much fun that could be.
I, for one, would love to have the public portion of the meetings back on television. But until such time as everyone who speaks learns to behave in an appropriate manner, broadcasting malicious tirades should not be an option.
I applaud the actions of Mayor Martins and our board and hope for a resolution.