Leaf-Chronicle: Online public ‘meetings’ a bad idea

The Clarksville newspaper has an editorial today about a bill that passed the state House last week allowing online public “meetings:”

We’re certainly not adverse to technology. But there’s still something to be said for having the ability to look an elected official in the eye as he explains, for example, why he thinks rezoning your neighborhood so that a liquor store can locate a block from your house is a good idea and in the best interests of the community.

Telling people who don’t have computer access at home — and there are still a good many Tennessee residents who fit in this category — that they can go to the chamber where the body usually meets and watch a computer chat among their elected representatives strikes us as bizarre and Orwellian.

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