Hagerstown Councilman Linn Hendershot on Tuesday said that his fear that councilmembers would just "play to the camera" if council sessions were telvised was apparently unfounded. Indeed, Hendershot and others say it has been a positive force in helping citizens understand what goes on.
We agree, and if council is ready for the next step, TV could also be a great tool to help get citizens involved in their city government.
Live telecasts of the council meetings began in April after Antietam Cable, which has the same parent company as The Herald-Mail, paid $86,000 to install TV equipment and teach city employees how to use it.
Earlier this month, city officials answered questions phoned in by citizens, but said that the city government doesn't have the equipment needed to put callers' questions directly on the air.