Editorial: Montana Democrats did right by opening meeting

We have to giggle just a little bit.

On one hand, it's amusing that a bunch of media organizations make a big deal anytime a group of leaders, lawmakers or politicians want to hole up for a meeting. Anyone who has ever been to a government meeting knows what a lonely, sleepy proposition that can be.

Often reporters and members of the media are the only ones who attend those meetings, and the seemingly endless conversations about policies, procedures and budgets often induces sleep in even the most caffeinated reporter. On the other hand, fighting to keep even the most mundane and pedestrian meeting open is exactly what should happen if we want to have open government and accountable leaders.

That's why the decision last week of the legislative Democrats to hold a meeting in the open was not only keeping with the letter of the law, but the spirit, too. Continue…