The city of Highland built a new police station in 2012 and included a community room.

That room has been used by the city for special events, and in 2016, allowed the Highland Area Chamber of Commerce to use it for a City Council political forum.

However, when a competing City Council candidate group asked to use the facility, it was denied.

We editorially opposed the group wanting to unseat the present City Council.

However, we believe it was improperly denied the same courtesy as the Chamber of Commerce.

We think it’s time to develop written rules for use of the community room, making it available to community groups, whether or not we agree with their politics.

Reasonable rates should be set for costs associated with meetings, including any necessary safety personnel for controversial and/or entertainment events.

If it is truly a community room owned by the city, then community events should be allowed and regulated.

And the rules should apply to all, equally.

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OldHighlandGuy

I'm sure there is more to this story. Why was an opposing group denied? We need to tell the whole truth when writing any article.

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