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  • Lake view: Open letter to the city of Lake Ozark

  • Time has passed since my first column article addressed the unconstitutionality of the recently passed city ordinance 2013-03 "An ordinance prohibiting disorderly conduct in public places in the city of Lake Ozark Missouri."
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  •  Dear Mayor Johnnie Franzeskos, Alderman; Van Donsel, Buschjost, Neels, Otto, Browning, City Attorney Roger Gibbons and the citizens of Lake Ozark. Time has passed since my first column article addressed the unconstitutionality of the recently passed city ordinance 2013-03 "An ordinance prohibiting disorderly conduct in public places in the city of Lake Ozark Missouri." To date nothing has been done to overturn this huge mistake and now things will change one way or the other.
     Whatever the city of Lake Ozark is paying City Attorney Roger Gibbons, in my opinion it is way....way...too much. How an attorney who should know better would write and/or advise in favor of such a blatantly unconstitutional city ordinance to be implemented is beyond belief or comprehension. To even the most uninformed or uneducated American citizen this childish ordinance flies in the face of every American's right to the freedom of speech guaranteed by the Constitution of these United States of America. Perhaps the past ignorance, foolishness and absurdity of the actions taken by Lake Ozark's city government has insulated them from public attention in this most recent foolish decision.
     Well.....now it will not be so easy to laugh off these folk's fumbling attempts to ignore the constitution. It won't remain so humorous to watch the continued ineptness of these Aldermen. The city of Lake Ozark will correct this flagrant ignorance of the law or cost the people of Lake Ozark real tax dollars by defending this nonsense in a court of law. I doubt very much that the residents of Lake Ozark will find anything humorous in their tax dollars being wasted in a losing court battle defending an unwinnable lawsuit.
     I doubt the good folks of Lake Ozark wish to be spot lighted in local or the national media as being the city attempting to deny the right of freedom of speech. I don't believe the residents of Lake Ozark are going to enjoy being the butt of jokes because of  the continued total inaptitude of their city's elected officials once again. I can't imagine that the intelligent, thoughtful citizen's of Lake Ozark won't register their complete disgust with spending and losing thousands of dollars in lawsuits by not ousting those who caused this total embarrassment to the city once again.  
     It seems to me that an attorney like Mr. Gibbons would not wish to be known as another attorney losing to the likes of the ACLU because he made a huge mistake in advising the passing of an unconstitutional law / city ordinance. I would think it would be very difficult to solicit clients from an area after costing local residents thousands of dollars in lawsuits because of his poor judgement or blatant ignorance of the law. If I were Mr. Roger Gibbons I would also be concerned about the future lawsuits he will be forced to defend for the return of legal fees and malpractice after the city inevitably loses thousands of dollars in these totally avoidable lawsuits with the ACLU.
    Page 2 of 2 -  The wonderful folks of Lake Ozark do not deserve to be drug into another embarrassing situation by their city government and their elected officials. These good people don't deserve to have their tax dollars wasted by Franseskos, Rogers, Von Donsel, Buschjost, Neels, Otto and Browning. These people running the city of Lake Ozark are not representative of the kind, considerate folks residing there.
     There is still time for the city to correct this huge mistake and avoid the negative attention, the expense and the embarrassment which will surely follow. Lake Ozark call these people and tell them you want this ordinance rescinded. If not, I promise this law will not stand and I for one will be leading the charge to make the changes necessary to guarantee the rights provided everyone under the Constitution of the United States of America.  
     
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