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Let the public in for a Harry Thomas discussion

What isn’t known, and what makes no sense, is why council chairman Kwame Brown (D) and his colleagues want to shut voters out of their meeting. The meeting is closed to the public.

Voters are entitled to know what their representatives think about Harry Thomas, as well as the steps — if any — that they are considering taking to address his situation. Should Thomas be censured, stripped of his committee memberships, asked to resign? They are all questions that should be discussed openly, allowing the public an opportunity to learn the positions of their representatives. An open and transparent process also allows the media an opportunity to question the elected leaders about their positions.

The public has a right to know what the council is thinking. Open those doors.

Colbert I. “Colby” King writes a column -- sometimes about D.C., sometimes about politics -- on that runs on Saturdays. In 2003, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. King joined the Post’s editorial board in 1990 and served as deputy editorial page editor from 2000 to 2007.


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