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Asking if it is important for governments to abide by the state’s open meetings law is about as ridiculous as asking if it really matters if the mayor of San Francisco issues marriage licenses to gays even though it violates the law.

Of course it is important. If government and politicians can openly violate the law and get away with it, why should we expect anything different from society?

America is in danger because so many of our laws are either ignored, not enforced or are changed by radical courts.

We elect our leaders to think for us and that’s what we should let them do. We should quit bothering them with our “problems” and “issues” and let them alone decide what is right for us.

There is a magical quality about holding an office that increases one’s wisdom, and the higher the office, the greater the increase. The average citizen can only annoy our officials and complicate their jobs.

We should let them lead us and not bother them with things like “open meetings” and “accountability.”

Besides, who would want to go to meetings when “American Idol” is on?

The question became relevant because the Glenwood Springs City Council was accused of using telephones to make a decision in private.

If they did violate the Sunshine Laws, it is not much of an argument in this instance because there was no motive for secrecy. All three candidates for the job opening were eliminated for one reason or another and the only sensible option left was to restart the hiring process.

The Sunshine laws are important to me, but so is the matter of hiring the best city manager possible.

It is important. The law was enacted for protection because some meetings were not being held ethically. That said, when we enact laws in reaction to problems, we tend to go overboard with the perceived “solution.”

Most of the time meetings should be open to the public, but there are times when we are required by law to meet in executive sessions because of the subject, such as personnel matters.

Too often people overreact and make mountains out of molehills. However, human nature being as it is, it becomes necessary to regulate such things to be above board and ethical.

The spirit of Colorado’s Sunshine Laws is to make it simple for government officials to remain accountable to the public. The operative word is “sunshine,” as in bright, open, clear as day.

If any decision is made in executive session, whether by Roberts Rules of Order or “general consensus,” it has defeated the spirit of the law. This type of action, be it local or international in scope, is an erosion of government by and for the people.

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