In a small town, people usually have the right and the avenue to free speech. They can stand up at a Town Board meeting, go to their representatives directly and, especially if they are denied the other courses, come to the press with their grievances.
Councilman Mark Hennessey argued this to be a matter of free speech. But we feel a laissez-faire approach to this issue could well open the door to a potentially indefinite display of libelous or distasteful material all around town. Some would call that free speech. We'd call it poor governance.
Government has to be fair, and that's sometimes a double-edged sword. If you open the door to some, you have to let everyone else in.