While some states have done away with Columbus Day, or changed the observation to honor Indigenous Peoples Day, the State of Connecticut continues to follow the lead of the federal government this year observing October 10 as a national holiday.
I suggest the Bee readers check what The Bee said about the Purpose of The FOI as recently as Mar 17, 2022
It certainly set a different tone than what the editor is saying above.
The editors is trying to divert discussion of the issue. No one is saying government entities can't set up workgroup. The real issue is when entities decide not to publish an agenda nor take and share minutes. We are currently discussing the Chairmen of the Charter Commissions decision not to hold the meeting open nor to take minutes. It was a choice he made.
tomj - if you are inclined, please reference this among our latest reports clarifying some of the hyperlocal solar benefits that may positively impact - or at least mitigate - related local property tax increases - if you live in Newtown: https://www.newtownbee.com/03082021/solar-energy-produces-a-bright-future-for-newtown/
Or, just run the word 'solar' in the Bee's search box and you'll get over a decade's worth of reporting on how Newtown is among CT communities - as you said it - 'at the forefront of solar energy'.
Your opinion that the chairman willfully obstructed public access to the latest Charter Revision process - versus establishing one that served it — is your own. Before it started, the state FOIC provided guidance that permitted this workgroup initiative. And all the appointed charter commissioners (which included 5 lawyers) all agreed to it at the onset. While we are curious why you didn't object when this process began, we know similar sessions happen elsewhere locally, so we look forward to publishing your letter of consternation after the next Board of Education "non-meeting"!