by Brenda Brandenburg, staff writer
More than two dozen citizens gathered at City Hall today to voice their opposition to several issues recently invoked by the local City Board of Directors. The event was “not just about annexation” according to Cliff Jackson, one of the organizers. “It’s about Voting Rights and Civil Rights”, he went on to explain.
Things became quite loud and even a bit rowdy with attendees chanting “Protect Voting Rights…Remember Guy Siratt…Remember W. L. Robinson… City Manager Resign… David Frasher Resign–You’re Violating Our Civil Rights, Resign!” Some of this was in regard to the disqualification of numerous signatures on petitions gathered to oppose the city’s annexation of privately-owned county land. It is not known whether the city approved or rejected Robinson’s signature or if it is among 2,000 supplemental signatures not processed. However, the nitpicking mistake–scratching out the “19” in “1917” as done by Siratt— is similar to other petty mistakes the city utilized to reject signatures and deny voting rights.
Hot Springs Police Officer Sam Spencer was stationed at the event and handled the crowd with grace and professionalism as witnessed by the cameraman and crew of the Arkansas Herald. Here’s to you, Officer Spencer! You’re an asset to our community and a fine example of heroism.
The group says they plan more gatherings to eventually force the leaders to do the “right thing” or be voted out.