4 thoughts on “Op-Ed: ‘Unethical Conduct’ and ‘Flagrant Misstatements’ from Town Attorney’s Firm

  1. If I read the OpEd correctly, it was determined by an impartial judge that only 15 of 129 documents initially requested should have been disclosed in the first instance and it is admitted that these were 15 documents were immaterial to the topic that you were concerned about. If I have this right, it is hard for me to understand what the complaint is about?

    The op-Ed language (“run amok” “stonewalling” “unethical”) seems wildly overblown in view of the reality.

  2. Lack of transparency in government can lead to legitimate questions as to whether those wielding governmental authority are doing so fairly and in the best interests of the community. The notion that the town and their counsel would put up significant obstacles to the disclosure of even the most immaterial of documents does not inspire confidence in the fair administration of governmental authority.

  3. I encourage people to learn more about the CT FOIA laws and system https://portal.ct.gov/FOI. It includes lesson plans for H.S. students if people are so inclined as well.
    An interesting quote from James Madison is in the material (I appreciate people have a variety of views on him) is “A popular Government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or perhaps both…. A people who mean to be their own Governor, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”
    Another interesting FOIA piece of trivia is Rep. Rumsfeld House R-Illinois was a supporter of the original Federal Bill with Rep. Moss House D-California considered the ‘father’. It sounds like President Johnson D-Texas was not a fan of the law but signed it anyway – with a national security carve out signing statement. State laws take inspiration from the Federal law.
    This is not a partisan issue – we should have as open a governmental system as possible / practical – it is better for us all and costs a whole lot less to administer.

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