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Video of Lincoln council speaker goes viral: 'Panties in a wad'

Video of Lincoln council speaker goes viral: 'Panties in a wad'

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Twice a month the City Council provides a time at the end of its meeting for residents to talk about topics not related to any current issues.

It’s intended as an opportunity for people to bring up concerns publicly. And that occasionally happens. Two years ago a private resident encouraged the city to help pave the muddy gravel road leading to the People’s City Mission.

But usually a few individuals, familiar faces to council members, use the time to address historic grievances they have with the city.

The particularly colorful and outrageous remarks of one of the regulars went viral last week, with a little help from some national bloggers.

Armed with a pack of toilet paper, marbles, some panties (because "everybody's panties get in a wad when I come up here"), an empty cigarette pack and a pink stuffed monkey, Teri Pope-Gonzalez “unleashed an epic storm of complaints that are hard to understand but glorious nonetheless,” says one blogger.

"Do you know you have scratchy toilet paper?" she asks during the video and offers the City Council a package of presumably better toilet paper for the public bathrooms at city hall.

Some described Pope-Gonzalez’s diatribe as a real-life scene from the TV series "Parks and Recreation." And it was one of Pope Gonzalez's more bizarre lectures to the council, one where she talked about having six butts.

At one point she pulls out a sack of marbles, which she related to her historic fight with the city.

“I got marbles here! Because who in their right mind ever thought it was OK to put a concrete company 50 feet from a family home?” she asked.

Pope-Gonzalez periodically reminds the council of that zoning nightmare, where an earlier City Council, using older zoning regulations, put an industrial area next to residential homes with no buffer zone.

Pope-Gonzalez starts speaking at about the 25-minute mark of the video (above).

Reach the writer at 402-473-7250 or On Twitter @LJSNancyHicks.


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Nancy Hicks reports on Lincoln city government, but she’s been following the leaders of local and state government for more than 40 years.

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