recent columns focuses on Council member Mat Benol's complete ignorance of the Sunshine Act, baseless attacks at newspapers and suggestion that people call him or other Council members if they want to know what's really going on. He made those remarks at the end of last week's Council meeting because he was miffed that yet another John Brown move had blown up in his face.
In the world according to Benol, legislators should be able to discuss matters privately, vote, and then explain everything to the uneducated public.
But with that in mind, I asked Benol to supply his home phone number, cell phone, work number and email address so that every person in Northampton County can call him every day to learn what is going on. In fact, I requested Council Clerk Frank Flisser to make that request of every member of Council.
As I explained to Mat, his willingness to inform the public is "certainly a relief to me, because I can soon stop blogging about NC government, and write more about youth sports." After all, we don't want any "journalistic malpractice."
Believe it or not, Mat only provided one number. He declined to give out his work number or email for the understandable reason that it belongs to his employer.
Flisser, unfortunately, took me seriously. He provided me with contact numbers for Council. I'm not posting them.
Benol still has what one Council member referred to as "that new car smell."