Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers:
Valdosta Daily Times on public participation in government:
Unless there is some hot button or a zoning issue on the table, the number of people attending city council and county commission meetings is, to stay the least, underwhelming.
It seems like people want to complain about what government does or does not do, but they do not regularly attend meetings and do not sign up for public commenting at those meetings. What local government does is your business.
We encourage our readers to attend public meetings. The state of Georgia requires that the public’s business be done in public. That business, however, is not really being deliberated in public, if the public does not show up at meetings.
Every government meeting, except for limited executive sessions, must be held out in the open. Too many times, reporters show up to cover city council, county commission, planning commission, board of education, tourism authority, development authority and hospital authority meetings only to look around and see few residents in attendance.
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