Date: 5/26/2009An East Longmeadow High School teacher in the 1960s gave the students an assignment to attend the town meeting. As one of those students I have been proud to live in a town with this form of government. Citizens have the right to speak on an article and vote. On Tuesday, May 18, that freedom of speech was cut short because I was stating an unpopular opinion and wanted to ask three questions. My relatives fought in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the two World Wars and Korea. Generations of men and women lost their lives for an individual s right to speak, question and the duty to vote.