Sun Herald slams Blackmon for killing open meeting bill

Blackmon has been citing various objections to the legislation for weeks. He thought imposing larger fines on ill-advised officials was “a sledgehammer” approach.

Especially since some of those officials may be ill-advised by Blackmon, whose law firm represents the city of Canton. On Feb. 10, Canton Mayor William Truly told a citizen to stop videotaping a Board of Aldermen meeting. The mayor later said he shouldn’t have blocked the taping.

But what really seems to have gotten Blackmon so steamed up was the audacity of his colleagues to tinker with legislation after it had left his committee.
“I don’t expect you to be out here throwing amendments in when you haven’t brought the amendments up in committee,” Blackmon told The Associated Press of action being taken on the floor of the House.

So Blackmon got even.

And as a result, city and county and institutional governance will remain secretive in Mississippi.

Sort of makes your blood boil, doesn’t it?

This editorial represents the views of the Sun Herald editorial board, which consists of President-Publisher Glen Nardi, Vice President and Executive Editor Stan Tiner, Opinion Page Editor B. Marie Harris, Associate Editor Tony Biffle, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Flora S. Point and Marketing Services Director John McFarland. Opinions expressed by letter writers, columnists and cartoonists are their own.

3/14/10