"Concerned Americans" hold first organizational meeting.
By Sid Riley
On Thursday evening, May 14, over one hundred local citizens met at the Agricultural Center to participate in a follow-up meeting to the "Tea Party" demonstration which was held in front of the Court House on Tax Day, April 15. The primary speaker for this inaugural meeting was your writer, Sid Riley. The text of his presentation can be read in his regular column "Getting It Right" in this issue.
Event organizers Elaine Thompson and Sybil Andreasen also gave presentations to the attendees. They reviewed pending legislation about which they are encouraging concerned citizens to contact their legislators to voice their opinions. Among these are bills which would repeal the 22nd amendment, and would thus allow the President to serve more than two terms. Also mentioned were bills relating to the expansion of "hate crimes" groups, gay marriage, and increasing allowable state debt levels for Florida.
The group was also told of a new web site and e-mail connection for the area organization, called meetup.com. A vote was taken and the group decided to hold monthly meetings in order to discuss political actions and concerns.