Sunday, November 11, 2007

Secret meetings between the Mississippi Band of Choctaws and Jackson County supervisors

Present and incoming supervisors ought to take Leach's complaint to heart and work for open government. Public officials often argue that economic development should involve a degree of confidentiality. Maybe that's true, but when a business project is asking for the public's help, the public deserves to be informed. The Choctaw casino was such a project and the public should have known the details early in the process. This isn't about security issues, but it is about letting people know about what is happening in their county.

Leach may be making a late call, but it is the right call. As supervisors deal with development they should keep in mind that they do so on behalf of the public and they should keep those who elect them informed through open government.

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