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Lobbyists don’t want open government

August 17, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

To the editor:

I read an article the other day in which one of the lobbyists opposing the Adirondack Club and Resort attempted to justify the appeal by Protect and the Sierra Club by calling for "open, honest and transparent" government. I have been waiting, since, for someone in the community to react to what was an open, honest and transparent display of contempt by the lobbyist for the intelligence of the people of the community and, of course, of contempt for the intelligence of those who contribute money to support the lobbyists.

Even a fool would know that open, honest and transparent government is exactly what those lobbying groups do not want. That is why they are called lobbyists. They want to do their business in the shadows of lobbies, hallways and bars, as they always have, not in the light of day. You can tell how frustrated they are that those days are ending or over by their recent complaints about the Adirondack Park Agency and the newspapers.

If the people of the community and potential contributors are willing to think about what they read, act as truth squads and react to absurdities like lobbyists calling for transparency, the community will have open, honest and transparent government, and those who want to do some good with their contributions can select deserving nonprofits that will use their money to help, not hurt, communities.

Michael D. Foxman

Elverson, Pa.



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