By Laurie Norton Moffatt
Director/CEO Norman Rockwell Museum
I attended a Town of Stockbridge Planning Board meeting one recent evening, when about 250 citizens from our small village of 2,500 came out on a cold winter night to learn about proposed changes to the town’s zoning bylaws.
The committee briefly outlined the issues and then invited citizens to queue and speak. About three dozen individuals waited patiently to speak over the two-hour meeting.
One citizen carried with him a large matted print of Norman Rockwell’s Freedom of Speech painting, referencing the First Amendment right to freedom of expression, depicting the central Lincolnesque figure standing tall to speak his mind.