Let the public be heard at meetings

Anyone who has ever been to a public meeting knows that the comment period can be an endurance test. It is a forum for eccentrics and gadflies as much as it is for concerned citizens. But that doesn’t mean that the right of the public to address their representatives should be curtailed. That is the problem with changes to the comment rules recently undertaken by the Board of Supervisors.
In November, the board voted 4-1 to limit speakers to a single three-minute period at the beginning of each meeting. Formerly, speakers had been allowed to comment three times, including just before

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