Televised Legislative Meetings
Posted in the Tompkins County Forum
#1 Sep 14, 2011
Everything changed when Board meetings became televised. Things that you really believe in can be difficult to voice when you don't know who is listening or watching. This can be a bad thing.
Prior to televised meetings, tough decisions were made. Not taken lightly. Serious discussions. More bi-partisanship. Less posturing. Less "acting". Less "sacred cow" spending.
Meetings run longer.....staffing costs more......and the hard decisions are all made in caucus, which - in New England - is illegal. But this is not New England. It may as well be the USSR.
Get the meetings OFF TV. Let the bloggers go wild, but take the cameras away. There can be immediate distribution of motions and decisions. But quit the stupid posturing, grand-standing, and campaigning.
TV was a bad idea from the start. Meetings are open to the public. Privilege of the floor is always welcome. It's time to make this cut. It could save someone's job - dollar for dollar.
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