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May 9, 2013

Public meetings include periods for participation

(Continued)

The goal of open meetings and open records, after all, is not merely the opportunity to form an audience for government in action, but to invite and permit participation.

A set schedule and step process for meetings where action can be proposed, discussion can be heard, votes cast and decisions made, may actually be better for public preparation and participation than governing all the time in a fish bowl where distinguishing what is important and decisive is difficult because it is mixed and mingle with expedience and emotion.

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