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Posted at 3:18 PM ET, 07/ 6/2010

Dear COG and Board of Trade: Democracy is healthy

By David Alpert

Last week, the Board of Trade/COG WMATA Governance Task Force held a public meeting to hear ideas from stakeholders about improving WMATA's governance.

Sadly, the Board of Trade and COG continued their trend of keeping the task force quite distant from those who actually work hard to improve WMATA. The meeting was structured like a typical public hearing where public officials are required to endure public comment, and scheduled at 9:00 am, which excluded many people with day jobs.

Time limits were kept lower than most DC Council hearings I've attended, and the Board of Trade's Jim Dyke brusquely cut off anyone who had more to say. Members asked no questions of the presenters, either nodding along or nodding off to sleep as Dyke looked irritated at having to take the time.

I'd spent considerable effort on preparing ideas for the group, only some of which I was able to present.

Continue reading David Alpert's post at Greater Greater Washington here, where you will find a full rundown of his reaction to the public meeting.

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By David Alpert  | July 6, 2010; 3:18 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., Local blog network, transportation  
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