A Friendly Letter to the Mayor of Weymouth

Mayor Susan Kay
Weymouth Town Hall
75 Middle Street
Weymouth, MA  02189

Dear Mayor Kay:

I received your letter of Feb. 17, 2011 in which you stated: “At the present time there is no formal Town policy concerning the leaving of material at the limited public forum known as the senior center…your newspaper may be left there at this time.”

Initially, I thought you had realized your mistake in removing the Tinytown Gazette from the senior center. I assume you destroyed those 150 copies of the Gazette because you did not return them to me, nor did you call me to ask me to remove them before you had them destroyed.

When I read your letter which identified the senior center as a limited public forum, I felt the need to further discuss that designation on the front page of our newspaper this week.

I would consider the senior center to be an open public forum where a vibrant, interested older population gathers to have some fun and chew over the news. And, I might remind you that they have been chewing over the news in the Tinytown Gazette for the past 17 years. Keep in mind that a limited public forum is one degree different than a closed public forum (i.e., a jail).

If the seniors at the senior center no longer wish to read the ramblings of Anne Hilbert, a Weymouth senior, or have the Tinytown Gazette, which is published by a Cohasset senior (me), delivered to them, sobeit. Let them vote on it, Sue Kay. They’ve all been thinking and living a long time, they don’t need your protection.

Should you decide to proceed with creating a policy to keep us out, then we would like to be apprised of any hearing where such discussion of the same might take place.

Anne Hilbert has been writing for the Tinytown Gazette since its inception. This is the first time in 18 years that anyone has called us to complain about her “opinion.”  In fact, a local Weymouth newspaper recently attempted to hire her away from us.

If you disagreed with her opinion, you always had the right to express your opinion on our pages and/or call me and ask for a qualification or a retraction. No one from the ordinance committee called us. But Councillor Victor Pap wrote an insightful op/ed piece this week (Page 9).

© Copyright 2011 Tanna K, All rights Reserved. Written For: Tinytown Unleashed

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