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5:51 AM Sun, Dec. 16th

Letter: I'm waiting for an apology

Mr. Walker, on April 5, I was trying to attend the BOS meeting and had signed up to speak on an item when you put your hand on my shoulder and asked me to remove my hat or leave! I was sitting with a group of my neighbors and they all witnessed this! I was unaware of your new dress code policy, and it was not posted anywhere that I could see!

I refused to take off my hat, so I left and I wrote a letter stating my thoughts on what had just happened. I still stand by my statements in that editorial! The name of that editorial is "Ron Walker's Hat Trick!"

Now, I have received videos of people wearing hats and Supervisor Watson saying, "I overlooked it." I also have a list of other violations of your dress code that have occurred and this whole group has ignored. This is all on video and can be proven!

With this said, this whole group now finds itself in a predicament. Either you are going to enforce your dress code or you're not! My opinion is this dress code is wrong. You should want public input, not drive it away because of a hat or other such trivial things. It's truly a slippery slope!

I will ask you again, is it me, the hat, or what my opinion is that intimidates you? Because you enforced the dress code on me but nobody else, you violated my First Amendment rights by not allowing me to speak or even attend this meeting with my hat on! You can't have it both ways!

I would like a public apology from you, Mr. Walker, on this issue. I know this is a very difficult action for anybody in Mohave County government to do, and it has created millions of dollars in lawsuits because they have been unable to do this.

So please, what I'm asking for is a simple public apology by Mr. Walker or any of the BOS concerning this issue!

Wayne Smith

Kingman