Mysterious forces plague televised meetings
To the editor:
The TV shenanigans continue in Abington. Since they first began filming, “mysterious forces” have caused black-outs, brown-outs, blue-outs, sound drop-outs, feedback noises and … yes … we have even filmed commissioners coughing into the mics and banging their papers against the mics to drown out the speakers. It’s like the high school bullies were given the keys to a brand new locker room and they can’t wait for the next prank.
In the two most recent adventures, the Wawa hearing and the committee meeting chaired by Commissioner Zappone, we saw the same shenanigans. After improperly gaveling a meeting to a close before asking for final public comments, Zappone first allowed one speaker who protested, then denied the second. That segment was edited out so that Zappone’s actions could not be seen. They were outrageous.
With the township-wide Wawa debacle we again saw the typical blackout. First, just a few minutes aired before the blackout. For anyone not yet properly discour- aged who might actually try it again, it ran a bit longer the second time and then went to black screen. By then most people would just consider it “broke.” It works like a charm. In this case many were poised to view the meeting because of the ruckus created when a resident who dared to speak was removed by Chairwoman Carol Digoseph for speaking briefly past his allotted time (despite the developer having been given hours, and despite a history by Commissioner Digoseph of allowing residents or others, including those outside the township, who are favored to speak past the three-minute mark). So in Abington the beat goes on.
You actually do have a voice in this. You are encouraged to vote out the incumbents that keep this system in place, and that keep these people and tactics in a position of authority over your lives. If you begin to use your vote at the ballot box, they will start to hear you. You won’t just help yourself, you’ll help us all. Lora Lehmann Meadowbrook