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Council Expected to Correct Courier

  At the Louisville Metro Council meeting tonight, it is expected that the Metro Council will pass the ordinance that will clean up the litter of advertisements given to the citizens of Metro Louisville every week.

  Though the attorneys for the Courier-Journal have contested that this will infringe on the First Amendment right of freedom of speech, the Metro Council has come up with an ordinance that it believes will keep the litter that finds it way from  private residences to the streets from being distributed in a chaotic fashion.

  Within the past month, the Courier Journal has not only kept up delivery of the advertisements, but has had numerous discussions  seeking suggestions and pondering plans to appease the metro council and the citizens of Louisville.

  Tonight, one person will speak out against the anti-litter ordinance. That individual is Mr. Ron Seiter. At present time,  contact has not been able to be made with Mr. Seiter to discover what he opposes about the ordinance. Many citizens that do oppose the ordinance do so because of questions regarding the distribution of various other literature.

June 11, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

1 Comment »

  1. I think that this ordinance was made too hastily. The Courier-Journal was trying to negotiate some sort of plan, so that their ads would still be dispersed and the people who didn’t want them would be able to opt out.

    Because this ordinance was passed there is a good chance the CJ will discontinue to spread their ads around which will cause a burden upon small businesses who previously relied on that cheap media outlet for advertising. During a time of economic recession small businesses should be protected, rather then trod upon.

    Further more, this ordinance creates the potential for political targeting during election season. The “board” that will enforce this ordinance is under control of the Metro Council. The wording in the ordinance is vague enough that people can be found guilty and innocent based on a very fine line. This can make it easier to target political opponents, or other people saying things that are not agreed with by Council members.

    Comment by Ronald Seiter | June 12, 2009 | Reply

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