Editorial: The public's business kept private

Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 04:41 PM.

We were told in advance that the meeting would be closed to the press and the public to allow for a free flow of information and exchange of ideas. We have a feeling some dirty laundry was most likely aired, as county and Havelock officials have had their share of differences.

Still, we can think of no better way to allow for an exchange of ideas than to involve the public. After all, residents who have no political aspirations or political agenda don’t worry about making friends or making enemies in a room full of politicians. That just may allow for unique ideas that offer solutions that benefit both city and county residents.

There’s a saying that no one wants to know how sausage is made, that people just want to enjoy the end result. In this case, the public deserves to know how the sausage is made. Yes, it may be ugly, but it is the public’s money, and how it is spent and why should not be kept behind closed doors. 

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