What's wrong with this picture? Two senior citizens are dragged from the Lancaster Town Court building for taping a meeting addressing issues pertaining to Police Chief Thomas Fowler's leadership.
Fowler's rationale for the prohibition of non-media videotaping lacks merit. The media would be more apt than the average citizen to edit their taping for broadcast purposes and time considerations. Audience members would be no less comfortable with non-media than media cameras.
Why should an appointed official be exempt from laws regarding open public meetings any more than elected officials? Are appointees beyond reproach? Fowler is absolutely correct on one count. This is very bad public relations. In fact, it smacks of fascism.
HELEN M. SHOFF Lancaster