My Bristol Press colleague Bob Montgomery is a sweet man, but he doesn't know a thing about petitioning the government.
In his column yesterday, he raised the unnecessary question about whether people who are not registered voters in Bristol can sign the petition calling for the Park Board to name the new skatepark at Rockwell Park after Henry Waye, Jr.
The answer, of course, is that they sure can.
There are complicated -- unnecessarily complicated -- rules for signing petitions related to candidates and referenda. But there's no reason in the world that a petition asking for a skatepark to be named after someone has to follow those same ridiculously complex regulations.
In fact, there is a constitutional right for the people to petition their government. It doesn't say a word in there that would preclude young people from partaking of that fundamental right of any U.S. citizen.
Connecticut's Constition, too, mandates that citizens have a right to offer "by petition" their thoughts and grievances to the government.
Citizens are not just registered voters. They are all us, including kids.
So if you want to sign the petition, do it. They're available in a number of shops around town now. There's also an online petition.
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