Really? An overzealous city employee trespasses on private property and removes that person’s property? (“As election looms closer, city sees bad signs,” Herald, Oct. 26).
Free speech is a First Amendment right. Period.
While it may be “typical” for code enforcement officers to address “such violations,” this infraction should have been handled with a letter or a simple, kind reminder of city code. The heavy-handed tactics of a self-important government employee or government entity should not be tolerated by the citizenry.
This problem lies in one simple fact: Government exists solely to serve the people. Not the other way around.
Those interfacing with the public should be trained in how to engage the public in a professional manner. Bullying doesn’t work. Ever. It’s all in the delivery. This not-so-gentle gentlemen owes Melissa Aspeitia a sincere apology – code violation or not.
This code enforcement officer, i.e., official city representative, should be officially reprimanded.