Bill Jones: Texas Realtors strongly a...

Bill Jones: Texas Realtors strongly advocate open government, t...

There are 3 comments on the El Paso Times story from Dec 26, 2009, titled Bill Jones: Texas Realtors strongly advocate open government, t.... In it, El Paso Times reports that:

Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said, "The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government." Well, the ability to be "well enough informed" is under threat in Texas.

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totally Open

El Paso, TX

#1 Dec 27, 2009
It is easy to agree with the Texas realtors on this one. Power of office seems to do strange things to some people and the only way to keep misdeeds and special favors for friends in check is to have a totally open government.

That being said, lets have totally open government. That would mean that all MLS property values be public so a property owner could defend themselves against a very "closed" CAD. It would mean that the PSB come under the same management as all other city departments and be within the control of the public.

Finally, it also means that a local newspaper or television news make every effort of investigate all news and not that which is just popular with local government. El Paso seems to lack in investigative reporting when it comes to local government. Without good reporting of the intricatcies of local government, transparacny is only a word to use in editorials.
Larry L Vaughn

United States

#3 Dec 29, 2009
If the American people want to keep the freedoms we have remaining, do not reelect anyone. Power corrupts,so don't let anyone stay in any office more than one term.
wandering in the darkness

El Paso, TX

#4 Dec 29, 2009
While I believe the Texas Open Meetings Act, can on ocassion be awkward to contend with its tenants. I agree with Mr. Jones that it is ought to remain in force.
I'd like Mr. Jones to explains his desire for OPEN GOVERNMENT, but the REALTORS fight tooth and nail to shield nearly everything they do from having the light shone on.
Please Mr. Jones, support full disclosure so ALL Texans pay their fair share and the State Government can hopefully stop having to create ways to soak the citiaenry for more money.

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