No Time to Speak

RECEIVED Fri., Jan. 29, 2016

Dear Editor,
    I am very disappointed in the continuation of late night meetings by Austin City Council. When Council stacks a number of subjects on the same night when it is known there will be a lot of speakers, meetings go very late at night (as all are aware). This effectively takes away the ability of the regular citizen to speak to Council. Not only do most of us have to work the next day, but if we rely on public transportation, we cannot go home, after the bus stops running. It has become clear to me that my emails to Council have no effect (I don't think they are even read), and other than standing up and speaking at a council meeting, there seems to be no other way for one's voice to actually be heard.
    I ask the council to stop stacking contentious issues on top of each other and instead spread them out: There are plenty of times I have watched meetings when there are few people in attendance and meetings are over at a reasonable time. Having over 100 speakers signed up to speak on a topic that starts at 11pm does not serve the people of Austin in any way.
Erin McGann
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