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County commissioners should obey state law

What a contrast!

Thursday, scores of people gathered at Calhoun Community College to tout regional economic development at the same time a gathering of a different sort at the Morgan County Courthouse was anything but focused on economic development.

The courthouse meeting of the County Commission was another round in the endless saga of the e-mails residing on county computer hard drives and servers. Commissioner Stacy George went to court last week to get permission to review the public information after other commissioners stopped him from doing so.

This came after repeated attempts to review electronic records — that belong to the public — because of questionable material in Commission Chairman John Glasscock’s and fired human resources director Jack Underwood’s e-mails.

The Morgan County Commission is so balled up in courthouse political games that its members lost sight of serving their constituents. If they want to end this e-mail thing, they can follow state law. The records that don’t have people’s Social Security number on them or their tax information or credit card numbers are public records. But commissioners’ interest is more in the politics of their side winning than in getting at the truth and sharing that truth with Morgan County residents.

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