Opinion: Project X disclosure: Open government does not come with caveats

Silence is not always golden. In fact there are times when it can be outright dangerous.

Such was the case Monday when the the Washington County officials refused to name the intended beneficiary of a generous taxpayer-backed $1 million economic development incentive package approved by a 19-4 vote of the County Commission.

When asked to identify Project X, which is the name county economic officials have given to the recipient, County Mayor Dan Eldridge told county commissioners and a county resident at the meeting he couldn’t under the terms of a confidentiality agreement with the publicly traded manufacturing company. Continue>>>