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Clark: With Hession, Secrecy Is Job 1

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In the bygone days of Spokane government, the public’s business was conducted behind closed doors by cigar-chomping politicians who didn’t trust the common folks a lick. But things are different now. Mayor Dennis Hession doesn’t smoke. Other than that, alas, City Hall remains as lock-lipped as ever. We may think we live in the Information Age. But as far as our buttoned-down mayor is concerned, the nitty-gritty matters of the city are none of our beeswax. Not until Mayor Hession says it’s time to spill. Whether the issue is the curious deportment and disappearances of the deputy mayor or the release of a $260,000 taxpayer-paid efficiency study of Spokane government, well … mum’s the word — Doug Clark/Spokesman-Review.

Question: Why do elected oafishals spend so much time trying to hide public business?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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