At last night’s City Council meeting in Charlottesville, Virginia, a resolution was passed with 4–1 votes denouncing the Patriot Act. Members of the audience called it a “well-meaning bark” and encouraged the councilors “to give it more bite.”
Opinionist and local resident Barbara Rich commented: “I am old enough to remember the McCarthy era. And let me tell you that compared to John Ashcroft, Joe McCarthy looks like Mr. Rogers.”
Councilor Rob Schilling voted against the resolution. “It’s a little dicey when we as a city get involved in what is supposed to be federal law,” Schilling said. Individual opinions should be expressed by individuals, he said, and not assumed by the council.
A story about the council resolution was carried by the local “Daily Progess.”