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I am writing in response to The News article about county and state leaders meeting behind closed doors. What a crock! The legislators should be ashamed of themselves. Public representatives discussing the county's fiscal problems should do so in an open meeting. What does it mean when a representative says "we can't be frank"? Could it possibly mean they cannot be honest?

This is our county. We, the people, elected these representatives. Our county representatives should never meet behind closed doors to discuss our problems with our state representatives without we the people being invited.

To be "frank," our county representatives are not representing our county. They are only interested in politics. If they cannot be "frank" in front of the public, then they should stop trying to represent those who have their trust. Of course, they want to meet behind closed doors, and hope the public closes its eyes.

William Merrill