After hearing about two hours of public testimony — during which about two-thirds of the speakers opposed the controversial proposal — [Councilor Tom] Mielke moved to display the national motto in the meeting room.
Councilor Jeanne Stewart, however, said while she would not be offended by the display, it was clear from the protests that some would feel uncomfortable coming to public meetings if “In God We Trust” was posted. Stewart pledged to oppose the motion to cheers and applause from the audience.
No one seconded Mielke’s motion to put up the sign, which effectively put the debate to rest.
But now it appears that the council members have had a change of heart. And just to make sure they can pass the proposal without people voicing their opposition, they scheduled a vote for this afternoon (1:30p PT), during a meeting time traditionally reserved for the board and which the public generally doesn’t attend. Sneaky little…
Mielke, who pitched the idea about a month ago and whose motion to bring it about died without a second last week, reminded the council and audience at Tuesday’s meeting that because the board had already brought the issue to a hearing and listened to public comment, it could pass a resolution during its Wednesday board time meetings.
Madore said Tuesday morning that the issue was on the council’s board time agenda for Wednesday, though an updated agenda with the item was not added to the county’s website until about 3:50 p.m., after The Columbian contacted McCauley for clarification.
The council’s weekly board meeting is at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Conference Room B on the sixth floor of the Clark County Public Service Center.
How incredibly devious and underhanded, to vote on an unpopular issue at a time when you likely won’t have to look your opponents in the eye.
If you live in the area, please try to attend this meeting and raise some hell. Don’t let them get away with this when the protests were so effective last week!
(Image via Shutterstock. Portions of this article were published earlier)