|Councilor Janice McHenry|
|Councilor Angela Mansfield|
|Councilor Brian Mahern|
Even if Vaughn is correct that committee chairs can, under the rules, bar public comment from council committee meetings, that does not make it the right thing to do, especially when Vaughn and the rest of the Republican councilors campaigned on the idea of open government and were critical of Democrats for shutting the public out of council meetings. McHenry, Vaughn, and Angel Rivera, who of course had to chime in with his two cents, should be ashamed of themselves for silencing public input during the council review of appointtees. Meanwhile, we Republicans who strongly support the idea of open, transparent government should applaud Democrats Angela Mansfield and Brian Mahern for standing up for the very principles Republican councilors ran on in 2007.
To see a previous column I wrote on this matter, click here.