Sunday, September 21, 2008
Let the sun shine!
So today’s Sunday Republican struck me—journalistically speaking—as a tad schizophrenic. The awesome editorial from Editor in Chief Larry McDermott championed the Open Meeting Law (bureaucratic political nitwits otherwise known as the Boston City Council wants the state legislature to exempt them from OML because they love to do their duty under cover of darkness).
Yet in the same edition we also had a story by staff writer Stephanie Barry about a “retreat” of the Springfield School Committee with new Superintendent Alan Ingram and a quorum of that committee.
According to Barry’s article: Member Michael P. Rodgers said after the retreat that the dialogue was long overdue. He also commended Ingram for uniting committee members.
"He has a calming effect," Rodgers said. "A unified School Committee will result in a unified school system."
Sounds to me like a violation of the Open Meeting Law.
Chilling effect, indeed. And I thought Amherst officials were whacked.