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April 11, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Seattle City Council’s closed sessions

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The Seattle City Council listens to a resident during a meeting on the city’s snow-removal procedures.

No more secrecy

Editor, The Times:

Calling the requirement to keep government deliberations open a “red herring,” as Seattle Councilmember Tim Burgess did in Friday’s story on closed council sessions [“City lawyer, state challenge council’s closed sessions,” page one, April 10], is a good example of why they need to be open.

If he is so disdainful in public of the people’s right to know, I can only imagine what is being said when he has “the ability to talk freely and debate issues without being worried about how our comments will be interpreted.”

Where has this guy been for the last eight years? We have just come out of an era of government secrecy so vile that our country has been reduced from the shining beacon of people’s rights to a corporate wasteland where people are merely serfs used to bolster the holdings of shareholders. I want to know every word my representatives say. I want to hear every nuance, see every comma, note every facial tic, if necessary, to determine that person’s right to represent me. People are homeless because of secret meetings. Wake up! Better yet, with an attitude like that, resign.

— Mark Barabasz, Hansville

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