Unhappy With Kyle Councilman

RECEIVED Mon., July 24, 2006

Dear Editor,
    Kyle councilman Todd Webster has tried to criminalize public dissent and free speech, using government abuse of authority funded with taxpayer money to help him punish those who would disagree with him.
    Attorney Sheila Limon's memorandum to the Kyle mayor and City Council regarding the council-approved Kyle Klips investigation transported me back to the shameful Fifties when our nation struggled in the grips of Sen. McCarthy and the House of Un-American Activities Committee witch-hunting investigations. After renowned newscaster Edward R. Murrow spoke out and helped end McCarthyism, I thought never again would I see our government so blatantly trample the constitutional rights of its citizens. I am stunned to see McCarthy-style tactics reappear, and, of all places, in Kyle, Texas.
    Under the guise of a “possible Election Code violation,” councilman Todd Webster has turned back the clock to those dark days of McCarthyism as he turns the power and resources of local government against citizens who would “complain about the City Government” and “encourage voters to vote against Webster and a proposed charter amendment.” Webster's city-government-financed campaign to harass and intimidate citizens who disagree with him should be repudiated universally by those who hold dear our constitutional freedoms that generations of Americans have shed blood to protect.
    Spending more than $20,000 of taxpayer money to finance this charade investigation is simply outrageous and should be soundly condemned by the press and by all freedom-loving and fair-minded citizens. Sen. McCarthy was only able to operate behind a cloak of public silence. Good citizens throughout our community should speak out against councilman Webster and his McCarthy-style tactics. If he believes an election violation was committed, let him file a complaint with the Texas Ethics Commission. He should not be permitted to take the law into his own hands as McCarthy did.
Charles O'Dell, Ph.D.
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