Letter to the Editor: Let Your Voice Be Heard

Have something to say about political sign regulations in Woodbury? This reader urges you to attend the September 11 Zoning Commission meeting.


To the Editor:

There is a debate in Woodbury whether to repeal the zoning regulation(s) regarding political signs, modify them or keep the zoning political sign regulation(s) as is.

I agree with , which advocates keeping the Woodbury zoning political sign regulation in place.

I also noticed comments by someone called on the August 17th Woodbury-Middlebury Patch, which was favorable to Ms. Templeton and Ms. Fuller's letter.

"Woodburian" commented:

"I could not agree with these two ladies more! The physical beauty of this little town — its quaint New England charm and beautiful old homes lining Main Street — is probably its greatest "draw" far new businesses, new residents, even fall foliage visitors. Take that away ... line Main Street with ugly billboards promoting candidates or personal vendettas, then leave them up through the seasons until they are faded and peeling... and suddenly Woodbury looks a lot like a whole lot of other "bust" towns, littered with the equivalent of urban graffiti. What a shame that would be. It's time for those who genuinely care about Woodbury — not a political agenda, but the TOWN — to wake up and speak out. I just wish those who self-righteously wave the First Amendment in people's faces over this would take the time to study up on American history (paying special attention to the concept of the "common good" throughout this nation's exceptional history). "Government is instituted for the common good;for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men..." (John Adams, "Thoughts on Government," 1776)

Ms. Templeton, Ms. Fuller and "Woodburian" have said what many in Woodbury are thinking. Plan now to attend the at 7:30 p.m. and let your voice be heard.

Ann Modzelewski

Sean M September 05, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Yet another resident who has not reviewed the relevant documentation on this topic. Please review my article documenting what the town attorney has said on this matter.
tom arras September 06, 2012 at 09:01 PM
I'm glad this attitude was not around back in the days when Ethan Allen was meeting with the Sons of Liberty just down the road in Orton's Tavern when the Government of the time was against freedom. It's ridiculous to start chipping away at rights & liberties in one of the towns that took an initial stand for America!
Sean M September 06, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Perhaps Ann can explain how her opinion holds more weight than the town attorney. As a convenience for her, I have posted the most recent opinion on this letter.
joe_m September 06, 2012 at 11:58 PM
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Regulating political signs in our quaint little town sounds good but it is in violation of our state constitution. Free expression of speech is protected for a reason. It is so easy to slide into tyranny and restricting free speech is one of those steps. We are loosing our freedoms and many well meaning individuals are supporting a more restrictive and controlling government. "Be careful what you wish for, you may receive it"


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