Friday, May 08, 2009
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Blinks, Will Allow National Alliance Cincinnati Unit To Continue The Adopt-A-Highway Contract In Florence, Kentucky
The good guys win for a change. The simmering dispute between the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KTC) and the National Alliance has been resolved once and for all - and KTC blinked. They will not be canceling the National Alliance contract to participate in its Adopt-A-Highway program.
Two weeks ago, the local media exposed the fact that the National Alliance's Cincinnati Unit had adopted a highway for litter control on Mall Road in Florence, Kentucky. The sign put up memorialized National Alliance founder Dr. William Pierce. KTC, fearing pressure from civil rights groups, tentatively canceled the contract. They admitted that the National Alliance kept up its end of the bargain and kept the road clean, but considered its agenda "discriminatory" and in violation of the agency's standards. But after National Alliance Chairman Erich Gliebe and a host of pro-White bloggers publicly spoke of legal action, KTC backed down, fearing that a lawsuit over First Amendment rights directed against them might be successful. KTC spokesman Chuck Wolfe admitted the state would likely lose such a lawsuit, based upon the precedent set by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Yarnell v. Cuffley case.
In response, Cincinnati Unit Coordinator Robert Ransdell reacted magnaminously, saying that the state's first response was simply a knee-jerk reaction to bad publicity and expressing his satisfaction that First Amendment rights prevailed. That same reaction was also posted on the National Alliance News site.