NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT: Common sense eludes those who labor under dome

Once again, the status quo outweighs common sense under the capitol dome in Jackson.

Despite what most lawmakers publicly may say, many privately dislike open government. They know what’s best for the rest of us; just ask them.

For many politicians and government workers, open government is what often gets them in trouble.

Those pesky journalists and concerned citizens who attend board meetings and demand to see copies of public records often cause great heartburn for those in power who like to slink around in the dark.

That’s why we hoped against hope that Senate Bill 2404 might be passed. The measure would have removed the exemption in Mississippi’s Open Meetings Act that allows publicly owned hospitals from holding meetings in private.