Tuesday letters: Harrell’s right to complain about secret government

January 28, 2014 

— Oh, the irony of it all. The taxpayers complain that the Legislature has for too long been unaccountable to the public and has conducted the people’s business behind closed doors and away from watchful eyes. But we are stonewalled and given the proverbial poke in the eye by S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell and many others when we ask for openness in the way the people’s money is being spent, how political appointments and legislation are made and who might benefit from those things.

Now that Speaker Harrell’s ethics charges are being referred to the State Grand Jury, he is complaining that the investigation has “drawn√ on for far too long and been done behind closed doors.”

We can only hope — no, demand — that Speaker Harrell’s cry for openness also comes to be applied to the Legislature, the Governor’s Mansion and all city, county and state agencies and entities.

Fred Hogan

West Columbia

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