A government "of the people" will not serve the people if that public is kept at a distance, making private dictatorships out of public servants.
This threat is lurking through the back doors of the Garrard County Courthouse. The rights of citizens are being challenged in Garrard County by a whispering hoard of Fiscal Court magistrates. Without the benefit of honest public discussion, or working microphones, the magistrates are creating a peep show at meetings. Count the votes as they raise their hands, but pay no attention to the discussions whispered behind them.
It is a quiet addiction that is eroding open meeting laws and cheating the public out of their right to participate in their government.
One such conversation was held during Thursday's fiscal court meeting. But don't look for it in the minutes. Of the multiple microphones sitting on the table, none was working. The discussion was too quiet for the clerk to hear and record. It was even too low for me to hear, sitting within two yards of the three huddled members.