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April 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Open City Council meetings

Demanding answers

I am confused. Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin writes that the council is dedicated to open government [“City Council committed to open government,” Opinion, April 13], yet it is clear that City Council members directly participated in a strategy to skirt open-meetings rules until The Seattle Times revealed this [“Mayor, council want closed budget talks,” NW Thursday, April 9].

We, the people, demand to know who on the council devised this strategy and met in groups of four to avoid a public meeting, as would be required if five and a quorum were present. Was Conlin there? What really happened here?

Do the right thing.

— Louis W. Frillman, Seattle

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