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Monday, October 25, 2010


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Bob Parker

There are occasions when it would indeed be appropriate and beneficial to use a mute button. Much too often, certain members of various special interest groups (for instance) continue their discourses, ramblings, preachments, diatribes way beyond the time limit set for public comments. After a "gentle reminder" by the presiding officer (say, when the speaker is over his/her time by half a minute), then a rather firm requirement (when the speaker is over by a full minute) - hit the mute button. Such procedure simply provides a level playing field for all those wishing to address the elected body, including the more responsible citizens who comply with the established time limits.

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