I submitted a letter to the editor of the Waltham Daily News Tribune in agreement with that paper’s recent editorial on the deplorable manner in which some of our legislative leaders conduct public hearings on Beacon Hill. It appears in today’s online edition. Here it is:
Chelmsford – Thank you for the editorial on the manner in which some of our legislative leaders conduct public hearings on Beacon Hill (“Disrespect from the Legislature,” July 17). Their practice of permitting other legislators to cut ahead of taxpaying citizens in line in order to testify at these hearings is an affront to good government.
Imagine you’d like to testify at a public hearing. You spend hours preparing your testimony. You take valuable time off from work. You spend a good portion of your day in transit to and from the State House. You arrive early to get your name on the list of speakers.
Then, when the hearing gets underway, you learn you’ll need to wait because some legislators feel they are entitled to cut ahead of you, a citizen whose tax dollars fund their salaries. The wait could be a few minutes… it could be hours on end.
Our legislators should play by the same rules as the rest of us. Beacon Hill should adopt a “no cutting in line” policy for all public hearings.
Here is a link to my letter:
Dahlberg: Legislators should wait their turn
Here is a link to the editorial to which my letter is responding:
Disrespect from the Legislature