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November 13, 2006

Last week's question



Editor's note: Due to circumstances beyond the editorial page editor's control, last week's question was not posted to The Herald-Mail's Internet site. Therefore, we have no answers. We will try again this week.

This week's question



Hagerstown City Councilman Kristin Aleshire has been elected as a Washington County Commissioner. That means there will be a vacant seat on the Hagerstown City Council. The city charter provides that the council must fill the position with a person who has held the same party affiliation for at least a year.

What the charter does not say is whether the council must interview candidates for the position in open session, where the public can hear their answers, or in closed session.

In the past, it has been done in both ways. Most recently, when the post of mayor became vacant due to the resignation of Richard "Dick" Trump, the council chose secrecy over public sessions.

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Our question is this: Should the council hold secret interviews? And, if your answer is "yes," what do you feel would justify preventing the public from hearing the would-be council members' statements?

To post a reply, please go to The Herald-Mail's Web site at www.herald-mail.com and click on "opinion." Replies will be posted on the Web site and on this page on Monday, Nov. 20. Thank you.

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