Free speech was restricted

To the Editor:

Recently signs in my yard have generated some interest. I have received a lot of positive feedback. I feel a civic responsibility to show support for positive change in our nation. I’m part of the 99 percent.

The city informed me that my signs were not in compliance with a sign ordinance. I told the city that I felt my right to free speech had been denied. I have complied with their ordinance, but wish to inform everyone of a 1994 Supreme Court case decision, titled Ladue v. Gilleo, where the homeowner won.

On Tuesday, Jan. 10, I formally requested of the city that I be allowed to put my signs back out, based on this case, and that they suggest a public venue where people can peacefully demonstrate and occupy. I am cooperating and coordinating with law enforcement officials.

On Monday, Jan. 9, I parked my van out front of city hall and within one hour of legally parking there, city hall called the police department to request my “occupy mobile” van be marked for towing, if not removed within 24 hours. I was singled out, because my van proudly wears signs, formerly residing in my front yard. – Robin Hensel, Little Falls

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