Peekskill Residents Livid About No Clapping Rule At City Council Meetings

Critics Say They Feel Like They're Being Treated Like Kindergarteners

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. (1010 WINS) — Want to get yourself thrown out of a Peekskill City Council meeting? Start clapping.

After a series of boisterous meetings, Mayor Mary Foster is trying to bring decorum back to the chamber by banning clapping.

“We’ve had to end meetings because the disruptions just became too unruly,” Foster said.

However, critics of the measure spoke with 1010 WINS’ Al Jones and said they felt like they were being treated like kindergarteners.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones Reports From Peekskill

“If that was the only incident, it would be very different. But we’ve been receiving that kind of treatment consistently and this is just one little piece of that puzzle,” Jim Adler said.

Adler said the mayor and council are trying to silence anyone who doesn’t agree and he’s not happy about it.

“The bullying and the lack of decorum when she and her leadership in Peekskill treat people with such disrespect,” he said, adding he would continue to attend the bi-monthly meetings and clap.

Tracy Breneman admitted that the meetings have become a bit loud, but doesn’t agree with the rule.

“They institutionalized this no clapping among other things, which is absolutely absurd,” she said.

Mayor Foster argued that the rule is just another attempt to get through meetings with less interruption, but critics in Peekskill were reading the Declaration of Independence in protest.

“You think that a no clapping rule is really going to make these issues go away?” asked community activist Darrel Davis.

The City Council voted unanimously to ban clapping on Sept. 12. In January, the council also eliminated a public comment session at the beginning of meetings.

What do you think about the no clapping rule?  Share your thoughts in the comments section…

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One Comment

  1. ParmaShaun says:

    I am a huge proponent of free speech, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put some restrictions on noise level. Speakers often say “Thank you, thank you” to try to quiet applause because they need to continue. The City Council is meeting for a reason, and while support is appreciated, they do need to continue. There is freedom of speech, but limiting disruption is fair game.

    In our fraternity meetings, rather than clapping, we snap our fingers. It has the same effect but is much quieter. Granted, we’re in smaller rooms, but the one speaking can continue and still know that we like what we’re hearing.

    1. greg says:

      Hitler would not allow clapping either…………

      1. Bruce Frykman says:

        And he had a mustache; we should ban them.

    2. Mikey says:

      Snapping fingers?

      What are you a 50’s beatnik?

    3. TroyG says:

      I think you might be missing one very important point. The people of the town need to set the agenda, if things aren’t right, it is their duty to bring it to the attention of the Town Council.
      Disruptions should continue till the audience has been satisfied. If it takes 3 months to handle 1 agenda item, so be it.
      In America, the People tell the Government what they should do, the only reason that this is even a discussion point is that we Americans have allowed Government to bully us for decades. That has to stop, and if it takes demonstrations at every Town Council meeting across the Nation, then so be it.

      1. quail says:


    4. flashman1854 says:

      Beatniks used to snap fingers in place of applause also. What are you guys, damn beatniks?

      1. Robert says:

        Flashnut, snapping fingers is common instead of clapping in fraternity meetings because it keeps the noise level down and you can continue to speak. Fraternity’s ain’t no damn beatniks!

    5. Jaxwife says:

      Snapping your fingers???? Oh PLEASE!! Can you imagine John Adams, or Benjaman Franklin snapping their fingers in a public meeting??? Hahaha!!
      Why not just suggest banning the next election because you are about to lose? Then when the American people protest in great numbers you say it’s a joke? This is the problem with communists! If the people don’t agree with you, just ban something! This all just makes me sick! The people of America called, and they want their country back!

  2. Carrie T. says:

    1. REMOVE the mayor from office for un-American activities.
    2. Re-instate clapping. It is OUR right to disagree with the commie mayor.
    3. Clap loudly and long, voice your opinion, let the city government We,The People ae sick and tired of their socialist/marxist style of governing and RECALL the entire bunch and get some REAL patriots in their positions.

    1. Janu says:

      ACTUALLY – In Peekskill its the communists and neo-Marxists who use the clapping and other teactics to disrupt meetings. People posting here seem to think a Deocrat, socialist mayor is stifling conservatives or something. NO – its a Democrat mayor being bullied by radicals who expected a Democrat mayor to do their bidding. Most of them (including the racially motivated Davis who is from Mt Vernon)) don’t even live in Peekskill

      1. rjm2238 says:

        If people are repeatedly disruptive perhaps their behavior may be discussed with them after the meeting, maybe while walking out to get in your vehicles. This way you are not taking time away from the meeting and in the more intimate, personal setting you may be able to make your point more readily understood and induce these folks to remediate their disruptive behavior.
        Rich in New Mexico.

  3. Mannie says:

    Vote them out.

  4. Darrel says:

    Clapping is a form of freedom of speech. The Nazis and Comminsts hate freedom of speech. Good little Nazi rulers just ban it and to heck with the constitution and bill of rights. Good little Nazis.

  5. john says:

    Wow. I can’t believe I agree with a ‘D’ on something…I suppport the mayor. If this article had been properly presented, viewers/readers could get a better understanding of the situation. How about a little background on the perpetrators of the disturbance. How about digging beyond the first layer before throwing the officers under the bus? When community activists intentionally DISRUPT official proceedings, how can any business be accomplished. This idiocy of adults behaving like children under the guise of ‘activism’ has driven our country to the breaking point. Let’s stop letting groups of imbiciles abuse the tolerance of the majority in the name of political correctness. Stand up, people.

    1. Icarus Barnabus says:

      Hey, you got a community agitator…whoops, activist, as president. Peel away the layers of his skin and you’ve got a Marxist who hates America and democracy. Make all the noise you want.

      1. Tim Crowley says:

        Funny stuff. You’re either joking or you have NO idea what Marxism is. Sorry, we the people, elected President Obama – it seems like you’re the one the hates America and Democracy.

        1. AJsDaddie says:

          We the People elected a sham, with no experience and no abilities other than being able to read from a teleprompter (sometimes). We’ve had bills shoved down our throats from Obamacare to stimulus, and we’re tired of it. Any president who says that redistribution is good or that people have made enough money is nothing if not Marxist.

          1. Michael H. says:

            What do you think of Eisenhower? Honest question.

            1. MDWhite says:

              He’s OK…but I’m more of a Millard Fillmore sort of guy.

              1. Michael H. says:

                I only ask because Eisenhower is regularly regarded as a great president, yet the top tier tax rate in this nation was greater than 90%, yet nobody turns around and calls Ike a Marxist

                1. betsp says:

                  Deductions, Michael. And everybody paid income taxes. There was no ‘war on poverty’, which should be called war on self-respect, energy was plentiful and cheap, there were few regulations on business, and government actually liked America. How times have changed.

                2. jimmysimpson55 says:

                  You sir, are ignorant of the facts. The reason taxes were so high on millionaires during the Eisenhower period is because there weren’t any millionaires except for a select few. Our country had no coherent policy structure for the super rich because it was so rare, and most rich people were heirs who sat on their fortunes. Sorry, but ‘social justice’ was not even a gleam in your American-hating hero’s eyes. .

        2. TroyG says:

          Which only strengthens my argument that the number of lazy, utopia loving idiots increase with each generation. Why? I think they were given too much as kids, and don’t understand the real costs associated with any endeavor.

        3. Bruce Frykman says:

          Marxism is the system in which government runs the economy; they make energy policy, manage health care, determine what people should want etc.

    2. Sam Adams says:

      Official Business? You mean doing things they shouldn’t be doing? People don’t attend city council meetings ANYWHERE just because. They attend because there is an issue which is personal to them that is being addressed. If the PEOPLE whom the council allegedly is there to SERVE are persistently in opposition to what the Council is doing, the problem is not the PEOPLE it is the Council. The People have every right to hold their servants accountable. Meetings cannot be held in secret. The People have a right to question their servants. If the Council doesn’t like it – they can quit or behave themselves. No one forced them to run for office.

  6. john says:

    read the comment below by Janu before you all judge

    1. Mark D. says:

      Hey, Johnny Boy, don’t lecture me on what to read before I form my opinion!

      1. john says:

        forgive me – wouldn’t dream of suggesting informing yourself of anything before speaking. shame on me

        1. Massimo Deportado says:

          John, go toss Oilbama’s salad and get out of here.

          Let the adults talk…..

          1. john says:

            obviously you have no idea who you are actually backing and i’ve no time for the communist broad.sys anyway.
            you’ve been played.

  7. Dee says:


  8. Ben Dover says:

    Sounds like a Freedom of Speech lawsuit about to happen. Where is the ACLU when you need them?

    1. shaniqua2 says:

      Did you read BETWEEN the lines? This is a group of people led by a washout (activist), deliberately attempting to disrupt official proceeding of an elected body. Why can’t people just grow up? ACLU? Yeah, you’re right. Sure they would love to get involved with something like this. BTW, ‘clapping’ is not ‘speech’. What if the council decided that there would be a comment/question period for 10 minutes at the beginning and end of each session, and no other interruptions during proceedings? I guess you would call out the ACLU for that, too? What grounds?

      1. Tim Crowley says:

        Clapping IS speech.

  9. Mark says:

    I agree with not clapping and shouting in town meetings. But I believe that you can clap in the voting booth and get rid of the council if you think they are bad. I find it funny the things people get upset with and yet refuse to get involved and change things.

    1. Jean Poole says:

      So don’t clap – stamp your feet.

  10. NoMoreExcuses says:

    In Texas the council members tried to silence the community members and now several of the council members have been arrested for official oppression. It is their job to listen to the citizens and allow them to speak. The clapping allows the council to know the citizens are in agreement with the comments made and should strongly take these criticisms under advisement before making a decision.

    You don’t have to wait until election time to have anyone removed, call the DA or State Attorney General. If the council was representing the citizens as they were elected to do, then the meetings would not get out of hand. The blame is on the council not the citizens.

    1. RJ OGuillory says:

      America The Prostrate

      In a simplistic sort of way,
      Across a desert lit by the moon.
      America lay prostrate,
      Lulled by prosperity’s tune.

      Beautiful thing in a world gone mad,
      Everyone knows the lies being spoke.
      They spill from the mouths of bankrupt souls,
      Leaderless people, morally broke.

      The globe spins on, a compact disc,
      Television soothes the planet.
      Hard drives quietly think away,
      Politicians run the gamut.

      Prostrate pricks, sucking away,
      At America’s aging tit.
      Pay up now, or go to jail,
      They care less, how you take the hit.

      They act as if it will never end,
      The Nazis felt much the same.
      Fortify your home, your town,
      These criminals have no real shame.

      The knock on the door will surely come,
      Midnight terror of the state.
      Theft, lies, fraud and deceit,
      Social incubators of pure hate.

      Hang from a rope, they surely will,
      These prophets of civic duty.
      After the riots, the death, the trials,
      Before these pirates split the booty.

      RJ O’Guillory
      Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

  11. Jeffrey A Douglass Sr. says:

    Remove every councile member, by force if need be. This type of sanction is done because the council doesn’t want to be critized; not because of the disruption. Seems obvious that if the applause was infavor of instead of against the council would have no problem waiting out that disruption.

  12. Rocky says:

    You have another female democrat from North Carolina that wants to suspend elections ? Why do we have so many “do as I say” COMMIE MOMMIES in the democrat party ?
    As said this is not isolated to this small town. It is a political power disease of the mind of limited intellect. It runs from local to DC.
    By the way, if you read and study your Constitution of the United States, you will find that you do not need to wait for an election to fire your employee ! This apply’s to any elected official.

  13. George says:

    Democrats trying to control other peoples thoughts and deeds? Get outta here, the hell you say.

  14. John F says:

    Although I have seen and heard some off the wall stuff at these types of meetings I also am aware of the facts. If it’s not controversial there is no noise. There is no noise when the government is doing what it is supposed to do or when they are not doing what the electorate doesn’t want or need so the chances are great they are doing one or the other.

  15. Janu says:

    I live in Peekskill. This is not about liberals and government being tyrants. It is the group of radicals and Alinskyites (led by Darrell Davis) that are bullying and being tyrants. A group of people INTETIONALLY seeks to disrupt meetings by being boisterous and beligernent. Davis will grandtstand at the podium and tell the mayor to “shut-up” when she corrects him. The the hooligans in the crowd will clpa and cheer disruptively. I am not a liberal. Davis is a racist hustler who has worked with Al Sharpton. His son murdred a man at a convienint store. His groups in the past have attacked people in their cars during protests. Mary Foster (Mayor) is not anyone I voted for but she’s trying to keep meetings from turning into zoos by Darrelle Davis

    1. TroyG says:

      If they are tax payers, then they should have the right to do so.
      Who are you to decide who speaks, and what is fair discussion?
      Just wondering, it’s a slippery slope you propose.

      1. Janu says:

        Most of them aren’t tax payers in Peekskill – they are libs/radicals thatcome from out of town. The ones from Peekskilll don’t work

  16. Joseph Wootten says:

    Why didn’t this story indicate that the mayor is a DEMOCRAT? I could tell right away, but had to do my own research to confirm it. Typical lib bias in the Media. If it was a Republican, that would have been in the first sentence.

    1. John Norcross says:


      Former Obama budget director: ‘We need less democracy’ to ‘counter gridlock’…

      Those Cleared of Crimes STAY on FBI Terror Watch List…

      Welcome to Democrat America the least democratic regimes in the history of the republic.

      1. spock says:

        Dont forget Obama stating he would rather this be like China!!!

  17. NY Wizeguy says:

    That’s what I like about Liberal Democrats, they favor free speech……as long as it supports their views.

    1. Mikey says:

      Funny how that works isn’t it? Unfortunately this also applies to the Constitution. Liberals are all for their “Constitutional Right” to an abortion (even though it is NOWHERE in the Constitution), but they are fighting with all their might to get rid of the 2nd amendment.


  18. Patrick says:

    In Ventura, Ca the newer model has been to wave your hands in the air during council meetings to silently allow the council persons to gauge support of the public audience yet not create a further disturbance. It sounded a little bizarre to me at first but it seems to work….

  19. Dee says:

    They need to be voted out!!! Continue to go to the meetings and continue to clap. This stupid rule is not the answer.

    They are testing us to see what they can get away with. Look at the NC rep who suggested that congressional elections be suspended for 2 years so they can “fixe the economy without having to focus on re-election” or some such nonsense. They work for US!!!!

    1. the other ken says:

      Governor Purdue suggested that congressional elections be suspended, she is a democrat.

  20. Steven M. says:

    What’s next? Banning town citizens from participating in town meeting at all? The obvious question is: “What has the citizens so upset?” Could it be the citizens are “disrupting” an out-of-control town government from causing further damage? What is the point of have town meetings in the first place? This muzzling of the public sets a dangerous precedence.

  21. Reply To Retards For Obama says:

    Obviously not a big fan of The Clapper!

  22. TroyG says:

    Everyone ought to think about this.
    This isn’t an isolated incident, Government is your enemy, it only gets your support by doing things you already want to do.
    Feds, pass Obamacare even though they didn’t know what was in it, and public support was less than 50%.
    State, pass all kinds of silly, and restrictive rules on just about any subject you can name.
    Local, here is a great example.

    No, we in America don’t need ANY additional laws, laws are chipping away at our freedom 1 little piece at a time. Any of you who think we do need another law, or rule, or ordinance, are a part of the problem. Ask yourselves if you need any new law before supporting it. Most of the time, new laws shouldn’t be passed.

    It’s time for citizens to wake up, otherwise your Government will control and direct your life from womb to tomb. Perhaps we are too late. Think about it.

    1. Stephen says:

      Troy, what are you going to do if the government bans excessive commas?

    2. Stephen says:

      Troy, what are you going to do if the government bans excessive commas?

      1. TroyG says:

        The commas are there for a reason Stephen, try reading a bit more.
        Start with Strunk & White. It’s a matter of style, I evidently have it, and you are so lacking, you can’t identify it when you see it.

        1. Mr. Right says:

          Style? Good excuse for poor grammar.
          There should never be a ‘,’ before an ‘and.’

          1. TroyG says:

            I know it is a stretch but read the comma as a pause, this is the way I would speak aloud what I’ve written. You Mr. Right can begin your education in Grammar by reading Pinckert’s Practical Grammer.

            I love the Grammar police, they think the English language doesn’t change, and (oops a comma before “and”) will tell anyone who will listen why something should be discounted. I’ll bet you vote Democrat… LOL

          2. TroyG says:

            Oh, Mr. Right…all seeing, all knowing….

            When to Use a Comma before “And”

            Two specific situations call for the use of a comma before “and.” The first is created when we have three or more items in a series. This mark of punctuation is called the serial comma. For a full explanation of why we use the serial comma, please read our previous tip on the subject. (See “Serial Comma” on p. 49 in our book of writing tips or find the link to the “Serial Comma” tip in our online tip archive.)

            The second situation occurs when “and” is being used to coordinate two independent clauses. An independent clause—also known as a main clause—is a group of words that has a subject and a verb and can stand alone as a sentence. In the following example, the independent clauses are in brackets:

            [Miguel took piano lessons for sixteen years], and [today he is an accomplished performer].

            The use of the comma would also apply when any of the seven coordinating conjunctions (and, but, or, nor, for, so, yet) join two independent clauses.

            So there Mr Right, or maybe we should just change your moniker to Mr. Almost Right! LOL

      2. RLABruce says:

        What if they ban duplicate posts?

    3. Tim Crowley says:

      hint: there is no such thing as Obamacare. When you use the term you prove yourself to be a parrot with no understanding of the issues at hand.

      In America, Government is not the enemy. We The People ARE the Government.

      1. the other ken says:

        Obamacare is a term that is used by many and everyone knows what it stands for, a bad bill that needs to be repealed. The American Healthcare Act is 2700 pages of very bad policies.

      2. Timmahdumb says:

        Right Tim. And We The People have said “enough”. They work for US, not the other way around. You don’t tolerate oppression just because it’s American oppression. Get it?

  23. keith says:

    sounds like they are trying to make it to be ‘you either agree with us or you leave’ and that’s not what city govt is about – you can be voted out of office over silly little things like this….how dumb to say no you can’t clap

    1. Stephen says:

      If you read the article, they are unable to actually have a meeting because they are being constantly inturrupted. They have to have some way to keep order in their meetings.

      1. TroyG says:

        You seem to be foolish Stephen.
        They can have a meeting, they just don’t want to hear the attendees issues and complaints. So what better way to silence the opposition, cut off the Public Comment session too.
        Are you daft? Doesn’t this attempt at overt control make you hesitant to accept this sort of Government heavy-handedness? Are you really this naive?

        1. Vance says:

          Maybe Stephen is a cop who pepper sprays peaceful protestors. Perhaps he should bring his pepper spray to the next meeting and teach those clappers a lesson!!

      2. RLABruce says:

        I lived in a town where the city didn’t publish the agenda until after it passed, and NO disturbances of any kind were tolerated. I’ve moved away since then, but of course, that was Chicago….

  24. Rhonda Tracey says:

    everyone get up and clap at the next meeting opening bell… clap these socialist marxist communist pigs right off the stage… they can’t control human behavior or response to trash they most certainly our spewing.. the revolt is on… ignore progressives, socialist, marxists and communist .. all exist in our country…

    1. Stephen says:

      Rhonda please get some medicine to control your Tourettes.

      1. TroyG says:

        Stephen, I suggest you learn to have outrage for this sort of situation.
        You are a stupid sheep if you don’t support the Rhonda’s on this sort of issue.
        Are you so devoid of mind and spirit that you think it is okay for the Government to tell the voters what behavior is acceptable at a town council meeting?
        It is people like you who have allowed, and continue to enable Government to interfere with our lives. Government is evil, wake up and smell the roses.
        If you can’t be outraged by Government strong arm tactics, I suggest you visit Hugo Chavez; you’ll fit right in.

    2. pitter43 says:

      Absolutely right Rhonda. Let the liberals try throwing everyone out. It’s perfectly fine with them if liberals riot and burn, or otherwise destroy what others have, but strongly object to clapping. What a laugh.

    3. RLABruce says:

      Follow due process to remove them from office. Only if there is no alternative should you start down the path of revolution. In a revolt the original revolutionaries are often overthrown immediately if they can’t consolidate their base of power, and replaced with who knows what. Be careful what you wish for.

  25. Jsmith says:

    Can’t clap? Break out the vavazulas!

    1. Stephen says:


      Learn to spell please.

      1. Stephen is special says:

        Oh Stephen get off your moms nip and act like a normal person.Wow you can spell who cares.

        1. Vox Populi says:

          I care. Poor spelling is a problem for several reasons, one of which is the lack of clear communication skills. If you can’t be bothered, then don’t write.

          1. TroyG says:

            It might be in your best interest to read Pinckert’s Practical Grammar.
            The Grammar Police role is over and dead.
            Oh, and I reject your statement, poor spelling isn’t the problem; I suspect you understood well enough…you just had to be a jerk. It’s okay, some of us don’t have any other achievements we can display.

        2. Jerzey Boy says:

          What’zz up bro? It be ebonics dog, I learnz it in publik skool.

          Or you can start talk’n likes da prez and drop you’z Gs, ya’ll

  26. Hank Warren says:

    This is all about limiting Free Speech. After all, censorship is everywhere. The gov’t (and their big business cronies) censor free speech, shut down dissent and ban the book “America Deceived II”. Free speech for all.
    Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:

    1. Stephen says:

      Hank, you’re a retard. That book has been out over a year, I’m sure that “Google” would have blocked it by now.

      The citizens of Peekskill can just vote the council out at the next eelction, or sue them and seek to delay whatever they are doing that ticks them off. There’s no cause for disrupting meetings.

      1. cole says:

        There is plentiful cause for disrupting meetings as the council drifts further from the consent of the people. Democracy can be a messy and beautiful thing, all at the same time.

        And with the ad hominem attacks, Stephen. tsk tsk tsk. Hard to take you seriously when you act like a child.

        1. Stephen says:

          What are you my mom?

          People should follow proper law and procedure if they are ticked off, not makes asses of themselves.

          And serously, tsk? Why don’t you tsk at Hank for trying to stir up some fear response by claiming Google is going to ban some year old book.

          I’m enjoying my trolling, thank you very much

        2. Mikey says:

          “Ad Hominem” attacks against Hank Warren are completely justified. He trolls every comment board with the same message over and over and over and over again.

          Something tells me he has a vested (ie monetary) interest in gettting more pub for the book he always bitches about.

  27. C. Cargo says:

    No clapping? THEN SNAP YOUR FINGERS!

  28. Cincinnatus says:

    Do they at least get a Sieg Heil! from the crowd to the benevolent overlords on city council?

  29. 7cedars says:

    Maybe folks need to silence the City Council and vote ’em out of office…just a thought.

    1. Joe P. Fritzbocker says:

      Wow! Have they never heard of The First Amendment? If some puke can burn the Flag under that protection, surely a person can express themselves by clapping! Find some ACLU terd to file a lawsuit on behalf of the citizens.

    2. pappy1 says:

      Amen that! Fight back against such tyranny everytime it rears it’s ugly head!

  30. Joev says:

    Just one more example of the Liberals at work.

    Say, hows that hopey changey stuff woring out for all you pathetiuc liberals?

  31. dgbee says:

    Just wait til they pass the no voting rule!

    1. gvmnt45 says:

      Have you seen the headlines for the North Carolina Gov? She wants to suspend elections for congress. Don’t let the joke part of the headline fool you fool you. She was serious.

  32. Claudia Colella says:

    LOL! ” they felt like they were being treated like kindergarteners…..” Well maybe they should stop behaving like adults, for a change?

  33. Rick O'Shea says:

    At I thought it said no clap at town meetings.

    1. Ayloyusis says:

      so you ARE welcome, after all!

  34. Daniel Morgan says:

    Typical anal retentive government bureaucrat. They don’t try to reason with other people, they love use the force of the government to smash them down. Sorry, doesn’t work.

    Keep in mind that under Joe Stalin was dictator of Russia, clapping was mandatory during his speeches for up to five minutes.

    Governments love to control

  35. George says:

    Town meetings are not day time talk shows, you should not clap and shout after someone speaks…

    1. dave says:

      Really? It’s a form of protest and free speech!!! Is laughing banned? Is coughing banned? Is the constitution banned? Sounds like it to me!

    2. cole says:

      You should do whatever moves you, within civilized reason. Boisterous town hall meetings are a hallmark of a functioning democracy. If business is interrupted, then so be it. A good council finds consensus and facilitates compromise among citizen stakeholders. A good council wouldn’t have this problem, nor would they respond in the manner this terrible and short-shelf-life council has.

  36. Gordon Campbell says:

    Flush these tu rds.

  37. Gordon Campbell says:

    Flush these turds.

  38. Terry Clifton says:

    This is why we have elections. Throw the bums out!! Start a recall election, and get rid of the rats!!!

  39. Frank says:

    I think it is time ya’ll replace your city council.

  40. Joe Golfendude says:

    How is that CHANGE working for you now?

  41. Tormtar says:

    Everyone should stomp their feet instead. Then, when they ban that – armpit farts. Keep changing it everytime until the entire council quits.

    1. Dee says:

      Be adults acting like babies until you get your own way!

      It worked for OBAMA and his racist supporters.

  42. Karen Gee says:

    Bzzzzt wrong try again. Covered under Free Speech. If you get thrown out, Sue Sue Sue.

  43. OLD JIM says:

    Every time they clap the lights go on or off

  44. Kim says:

    Maybe the entire town should refuse to pay their property taxes. That should make city officials listen pretty quickly.

  45. Henry Thoreau says:

    They should suspend elections next. It’s only right in a communist society.

  46. Joel Fregia says:

    You know who else outlaws clapping? The Taliban.


    isn’t that considered freedom of speech.

  48. Thomas Payne says:

    Just another symptom of the Fascist atmosphere promoted by the current regime in D.C. The next thing they will seek is to “suspend” elections. It is only a matter of time before America says “enough”.

    1. Jarhead68 says:

      North Carolina governor….

      It has already begun. Democrats don’t like elections because they can lose.

  49. corey says:

    Article footnote: “The City Council voted unanimously to ban clapping on Sept. 12. In January, the council also eliminated a public comment session at the beginning of meetings.” Are you serious? What’s the point of the CITY COUNCIL then? How many excuses can the oligarchy make to silence discontent with their policies?

  50. Usefulidiots says:

    More importantly the January vote to eliminate public comment sessions at the beginning of the meetings.

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