LETTER: The importance of public board meetings
Holding public board meetings online only causes those that can’t afford it to be excluded from public meetings. The loss of an internet connection and a device enabling people to join in may also prohibit many from doing so.
Hearing the thoughts of others and sharing opinions on matters that are before a board are important when they may affect your loved ones, property and yourself.
Everyone has the right to speak, rich or poor, wise or not, as much as others may think of themselves to be.
Elected officials need to start at square one and read the First Amendment to the Constitution.
If the president answered questions from a room full of reporters at the height of the pandemic, I am unable to see why any board member can’t get off his couch and go to a meeting once a month and answer questions from those they serve.
— James Joslin, Remsen
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