By John Hubbuch
It's bad enough that three local governing bodies can't agree on how to divvy up the taxpayer's dough, but the whole fiasco is shrouded in a secrecy that rivals Middle East peace negotiations. These governing bodies boast of their openness and transparency, unless of course it's information about something the public would really like to know. Where's Wikileaks when we need it?
The conceit here is that the litigation is supersensitive and its disclosure might derail the process. Remember there's no gag order in this dispute between public bodies. There's no privacy interest implicated here. My guess is that the lawyers are in control and want to run the meter a bit longer. They gotta get paid. Or the competing egos are so big that rational resolution is difficult. But really who knows. The cloak of secrecy invoked in what is clearly the most public of disputes is really cause for cynicism. Like the proverbial mushrooms, we citizen-taxpayers are fed crap in the dark.
There's no way this thing gets fully litigated. The parties will split the difference, and put some face-saving gloss on the whole mess. How about a joint press conference with smiles and handshakes all around? And the poor dumb public will be left scratching its head over what really happened.