Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The Sun Shines in Nazareth

Today's Express Times and Morning Call report that Nazareth Borough Council has overwhelmingly agreed that all of its meetings, including committee meetings, will now be conducted publicly. That's exactly what I asked Nazareth to do back in July. Its pattern of using committees to decide important questions like the relocation of its municipal center led to public resentment and distrust all summer. Its refusal to apply the Sunshine Act to committee hearings is what prompted my lawsuit in August.

Now, thanks to reform-minded council members like Jack Herbst and Mike Kopach, the doors of local government are finally open. There's little point in suing a governmental body that has agreed voluntarily to do the right thing. That's much preferable to doing something because a judge says so. So I withdrew my litigation today. We're all on the same side.


Anonymous said...

The Sun Shines in many places Bernie, but not in the Armpit of Northampton county government, the court administration run by that whirlwind of government jobs, James Onembo. There, the sun doesn't shine.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Chris, We definitely have room for imporvemnet.