Allen has been a thorn in the side of city officials for years, trafficking in rumor and innuendo via his newsletter, often in the form of “letters” of clouded or dubious authorship. At Tuesday’s Council meeting, Weisman presented evidence that Allen, going by a different name, was arrested for counterfeiting in the mid 1980s. As a result, he said, any complaints Allen had about city governance were suspect and should be ignored.
Officials already have a hard time getting people involved in local issues. If an individual fears interacting with city workers due to a shady past, problems may fester. A conviction 30 years, three years or even three months ago does not erase their right to be heard.