Governmental Transparency

Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants. —Justice Louis Brandeis
When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear. —Thomas Sowell

Representative government dies behind closed doors. It is critical that the voting public be able to hear about, research and understand the issues at play at all levels of government.

Our county government has lurched from crisis to crisis over the past few years. Between the issues at the Sussex County Community College (SCCC) regarding the renovations of Building D and the solar debacle now convulsing before the Freeholder board, each crisis has had the hallmark of being discussed and decided upon primarily in closed session deliberations.

To be sure, closed session is an important tool, and it is necessary at times to protect local, county and state governments when litigation or negotiations are occuring. Too often, though, issues more properly disposed of in front of the public are hidden away in closed session.

The Freeholder board should implement the following to help foster open government and to give the people the ability to oversee their government: