There they go again! The Amherst Town Democratic Committee “corralled” like-minded activist groups to meet with Amherst Town Manager Larry Shaffer to discuss pulling town equipment from the Parade because we will not open it up to anyone and anything looking for exposure on that day. And yes, we pay for our Police detail to direct traffic (unlike the Pot Rally folks)
Private Amherst 4th of July Parade: Being fond of our 1st Amendment rights, ADTC has refrained for 2 years from participating.
On 2 days' notice, Town Mgr. Larry Schaffer carved out time for an open meeting on Friday, 21 Feb., with ADTC Chair Harry Brooks; the Chairs of the Green & Republican Town Committees; League of Women Voters; & SAGE, to consider concerns that many of us share.
More on this patriotic/matriotic effort later.
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2008 12:24 PM
To: Shaffer, Larry
Subject: 7/4 Parade
If Amherst is going to pull police and fire apparatus from the Parade this year we would appreciate a heads up as early as possible. And we would also have appreciated an invite to the "open meeting" last Friday morning that you carved out time for on only two days notice.
July 4'th Parade Committee
From: Shaffer, Larry
Sent: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 1:31 pm
Subject: RE: 7/4 Parade
We should talk. Have you rejected any applications for perspective participants in the 4th of July parade for 2008?
Sent: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 1:58 pm
Subject: Re: 7/4 Parade
No, we have not. And in fact, we have never officially rejected anybody since reconstituting the Parade in 2002.