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Sunshine for Voting, Not Bargaining



Reprinted from Ripon Forum

For the past 50 years, the American public has placed a high value on transparency in its government.  Open meeting laws are pervasive and popular in government.  Transparency is rightly thought to be an integral part of our democratic process.

But all good things can be overdone.  There are exceptions to nearly every good rule. 

While acknowledging that openness is a virtue, it is not a bad idea to recall that our own prized Constitution was put together under conditions of strictest secrecy.

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