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Preemptive censorship in board meeting out of order

The editorial cartoon of Sept. 15 depicted Board of Education Chairwoman Janet Siddiqui banging the gavel at fellow school board member Allen Dyer.  However, the article about the Sept. 8 board meeting also revealed that Siddiqui was attempting to preemptively censor Dyer's speech.  Nothing in her duties as chairwoman authorizes her to censor the speech of another. She apparently feared that Dyer would impugn the law firm being discussed or release confidential information. At that time Dyer was speaking as an individual and not representing the whole board. If the law firm was impugned then they had recourse to seek relief from Dyer, not the whole board. If...