Asking people to vote on matters that are kept secret from them is a farce. It's a joke to say you can operate a free government when the people don't know what's going on.
We've lived there 15 or 16 years. We knew they were there. We never got to see one close up. When you live in the woods, that's the price you pay.
We do look quickly before we go out the door now.
The wording of the manual will hopefully mitigate the problem. But for somebody looking for a reason to begin withholding the information, the form gives them that justification.
We count on the city for fire service, but we've contemplated starting our own fire service in the past. (Universities) have two options: you either work with the city or you start your own fire service.
We called out to it a couple of times trying to get it to lift its head so we could take its picture. He was so engrossed in eating, and when he got done he just ambled off down the railroad ties and into the woods.
It doesn't concern me that they might have check lists to follow. I've seen the ones that have been proposed by the county commissioners, and it seemed to me reasonable that their lawyers would lay that kind of information out for them like that. I see it as a reasonable method to make sure they comply with the law.
This is so fundamental that most people take it for granted, and it only really hits home when they find out too late that there's been a decision made that directly affects them. They get real angry when they find out the decision was made in secret. This law will clarify for members of the public and public officials what business must be conducted in the open.
Where are the people who lost their jobs or were denied housing? ... You've got to have a huge education campaign to tell people to go to the polls to fix a problem they don't think exists.