Within the walls of city hall, we should all have a window
Here’s a collective New Year’s resolution for the residents of New Buffalo – make sure the city council and employees are accountable to us instead of each other. This can only become a reality if citizens become involved, informed, and are willing to give voice to their concerns.
The New Buffalo City Council, their employees and The New Buffalo Times try to limit freedom of speech by discrediting people who question the use of tax dollars and the job performances of the City Council and their employees. But in an unanimous decision by the Supreme Court in 1964, the Court favored the United State’s unique system that allows citizens to participate in discussion and debate without fear of retribution by those in power.
Since the The New Buffalo Times reporters shrug off their journalistic duty to examine the decisions made by their buddies at city hall, it is left to us, the tax payers, to insist on accountability with checks and balances in local government. It is our constitutional responsibility to challenge the decisions of elected and appointed government officials when we see misuse of their leadership duties. Starting in 2018, working together we can make a stronger goverment. Write letters, attend meetings, make comments during public input. Do not allow them to intimidate you because the United States Constitution has your back.
‘In a unanimous decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the New York Times. In order to prove libel, a “public official” must show that the newspaper acted “with ‘actual malice’–that is, with knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard” for truth. The Court asserted America’s “profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open.” Free and open debate about the conduct of public officials, the Court reasoned, was more important than occasional, honest factual errors that might hurt or damage officials’ reputations.’