Don’t you see what dirty politics Mayor Hayward engaged in, here—and what dirty politics Mayor Robinson continues to engage in, here?

—Original Message—
Sent: Tuesday
Subject: From Scott Mayo—Councilwoman Hill, I really need your help.
Councilwoman (Ann) Hill,
You stated, in your last email reply to me, that you had many other issues you had promised your constituents you would champion, if you were elected to represent them on the city council—I can certainly appreciate that.
Yet Councilwoman Hill, you did not state that you had so many issues to resolve that you had no room to sponsor any other issue for discussion at any city council meeting.
Councilwoman Hill, though I appeal to you to sponsor this issue, of this ongoing, government imposed censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays, for discussion on the agenda at an upcoming city council meeting—as a resident just outside the city—this is very much a city issue.
Councilwoman Hill, just above the Bedlam club, there is a Five Flags display with the First Confederate Flag still included—because it is a privately-owned Five Flags display. To my knowledge, there are many such privately-owned Five Flags displays within the Pensacola city limits—especially downtown—because Mayor Hayward was unable to censor the First Confederate Flag from privately-owned Five Flags Displays on June 24, 2015, without holding a referendum first.
Councilwoman Hill, Mayor Hayward only censored the First Confederate Flag from city-owned Five Flags displays, on June 24, 2015, because these were the only Five Flags displays from which he could get away with censoring any of our historical flags—without first holding a referendum, so that his Pensacola constituents could even vote on it.  I reside just outside the Pensacola city limits—yet one of these Five Flags displays from which Mayor Hayward censored our First Confederate Flag, on June 24, 2015, without even allowing his Pensacola constituents to have their say, at all—is in front of the Osceola Municipal Golf Course, on Tonawanda Drive. And that still-censored Five Flags display is practically in my front yard.
Don’t you see what dirty politics Mayor Hayward engaged in, here—and what dirty politics Mayor Robinson continues to engage in, here?
Councilwoman Hill, not only have the people of Escambia County, Florida, never even been allowed to vote, for or against, this censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays—the people of Pensacola, Florida, have never even been allowed to vote, for or against, this censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays.
Councilwoman Hill, this cannot go on.
This ongoing, government-imposed censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays is an ongoing violation of the First Amendment right to freedom of speech of all of us Escambia County, Florida, residents—within and without the Pensacola city limits—INCLUDING EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE MEN AND WOMEN ON THE PENSACOLA CITY COUNCIL.
This ongoing, government-imposed censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays is a violation of your First Amendment right to freedom of speech too, Councilwoman Hill.
I cannot emphasize this enough: It doesn’t matter how we feel about the historical Confederate States of America—it only matters that historical flags, in public spaces, belong to us, the public, the people—and no one has any right, whatsoever, to censor them, without our consent.
Councilwoman Hill, I’m not asking you to combat the mayor of Pensacola, or to take some heroic stand against your fellow city-council members.  I’m not even asking you to vote against this ongoing, government-imposed censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays (though I would be surprised if you did not vote against it).
I’m only asking you to enable the Pensacola City Council to do the one thing Mayor Hayward did not allow it to do, before he censored the First Confederate Flag (a.k.a the Stars and Bars) from Pensacola’s Five Flags Displays—I’m only asking you to sponsor this issue, of this ongoing, government-imposed censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays—for discussion, at an upcoming Pensacola City Council meeting.
Just one item on the agenda—at just one meeting.
At the very least, I would really appreciate it—if you have the time, at all—if you would arrange to meet me in front of the still-censored Five Flags display, in front of the Osceola Municipal Golf Course, on Tonawanda Drive—and let me show you exactly what the problem is, and how this problem affects the First Amendment right to freedom of speech of all Escambia County, Florida, residents, of all races and ethnicities, and from all conceivable backgrounds.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Scott W. Mayo

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