Mayor Helene Schneider weighed in on the debate over the exclusion of a Veterans for Peace float from the Independence Day parade. She wrote in a letter to parade organizer Paul Lamberton, “On a day when we are celebrating America’s independence and the Bill of Rights that includes our freedom of speech and freedom of peaceful assembly, I think it is quite unfortunate that a long-standing local veterans organization has been barred from participating.” Lamberton denied the Veterans for Peace application because he said the group had violated a parade rule by distributing handbills and flyers in years past.


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