History begs for better records

Ken Rowe has a point.
Rowe, an Iolan with a keen interest in local politics, thinks the actions of governmental meetings should be recorded rather than written summations. The result would be a more accurate portrayal of what happens during city, county or school board meetings as opposed to current methods that simply state Citizen X came to a meeting to discuss whatever, with no commentary included.
“Minutes are the official record of what has transpired,” Rowe said. “If it isn’t in the minutes, who is going to know weeks or months or years from now what happened?”
No one, is the straightforward answer.
For several years, proceedings of Iola Commission meetings were electronically recorded. That practice stopped with the reason buried in incomplete minutes.
With today’s technology, scores of meetings could be put on a chip the size of a postage stamp.
Some public officials have frowned on recording all that occurs at meetings, for reasons that only they can fully explain.
Instead, they should be eager to do so. Transparency in government is a very important component of democracy and public officials, of all people, should en-courage whatever concession is necessary to ensure that what they do and say is preserved for prosperity.

— Bob Johnson