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July 23, 2006 | By Janet Huet

Residents Not Allowed to Speak

A group of residents of Rossmoor (an age restricted community), who are avid billiard players attended the July meeting of the Rossmoor Entertainment and Recreation Committee.  The committee was going to discuss what would be done to provide a billiard room for residents.  The room that residents had since Rossmoor was built was taken from them on what was supposed to be a temporary basis.  They later learned that they may never get that room back.  The room held 7 tables and the players have been told that they may be given a room that holds only 2 or 3 tables.  The committee was supposed to discuss this. 

When the meeting began, residents were told that they could not speak during the meeting but they would be allowed to speak near the end of the meeting.  The committee voted to extend the time to decide the fate of the billiard room until December 2007.

The president of Rossmoor, who was sitting in the audience as a resident, raised her hand and was permitted to make a statement.  The president of the committee then said that there was no time to hear residents’ comments.  This caused a huge uproar and many lost their tempers.  Residents were refused their right to speak!

The meeting was over and residents never had the opportunity to speak.  What happened at the Entertainment and recreation meeting was undemocratic and unjust. 

I doubt that they will ever get their billiard room back and will instead be relegated to a small room that holds 2 or 3 tables.  There was no discussion with residents about plans to take this room and use it for other purposes before it was taken.  Many residents who are avid billiard players were enticed to move to this community because of its billiard facility…now, they don’t know if they will ever get it back and they were not allowed to voice their objections to this dictatorial decision.



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