A proposal to broadcast Danbury Common Council meetings on local cable television has been sent to a council committee for study.Sounds like a great idea.
That's a good first step to success unless the council's Republican majority is trying to kill the proposal.
Would Republicans do that? Sure. Just as Democrats did before them when they were in the majority. Now Democrats are in the minority and are promoting the broadcast of council meetings.
Good idea. And let's broaden it beyond Common Council meetings. Why not broadcast Danbury Board of Education meetings? Why not broadcast planning and zoning meetings?
Towns around Danbury have done this for years. Broadcasting meetings allows the public to keep track of public business.
There is too much apathy in Danbury. The city often appears too big for one citizen to make a difference. Broadcasting meetings will invite people into the process.
You'd think politicians would be eager to be on TV. When they aren't, it's natural to wonder why. The assumption has to be made that Republicans don't want Danbury voters to know what goes on at government meetings.
The Republican mayor is a determined and creative fellow. If he wanted to fill those eight hours on the government channel and help the people of Danbury see their city government in action, he would find the money to make it happen.
Ditto for the Republican majority on the Common Council. That's what being in the majority means.
So let's set a goal. By Jan. 1, 2007, city government meetings should be broadcast daily on the cable television government channel.
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