The Pioneer Press’ Jessica Fleming noted on Twitter how she was watching the most recent Lakeville City Council meeting where Councilmember Matt Little (interviewed by Lazy Lightning here), “was admonished by another member for offering opinions on Twitter.” Councilmember Little replied (via Twitter) how he felt Councilmember Colleen LaBeau should have, “the courage to identify who you’re talking abt (sic),” when they decide to, “take someone on.”
Intrigued as to what Councilmember LaBeau had to say about Councilmember Little’s use of social media, the most recent council meeting was viewed and this is what Councilmember LaBeau had to say during the final few minutes of the meeting (this is more or less word for word however you can listen to an audio clip of the original video feed here [1.40MB file]):
Last but not least I would just like to say that umm as a council here obviously we’re a little bit broken on a few issues right now and I just think that umm as fellow councilpeople that we need to keep comments out of the social media that don’t align with what umm another councilmember actually said and I have had many people bring it to my attention that the detriment they feel it is and umm I would hope that for the betterment of the community that we could all agree as a council–we’re missing two but maybe when they come back–that social media probably isn’t the place to iron that out umm and I would just hope that we could all respect that out of each other.
Do you believe councilmembers should have to keep their own personal comments to themselves or should they be permitted to speak openly and as they see fit? With other recent and very similar hoopla coming out of Farmington’s ISD 192 over Timothy Burke’s use of social media, do you think that there is some sort of difference between what is said in general conversation vs what is said on social media? Do you feel that Councilmember Little’s comments online are a ‘detriment’ and that by curtailing his, and the other councilmembers’, freedom of speech that it would be for the ‘betterment’ of Lakeville’s community? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.