The third of three articles on the results of a Carolina Public Press Freedom of Information Act request for the more than 6,000 comments focuses on governmental emails.
Hmmm … maybe this is one of those articles where we should debate the author’s approach, especially his choice of who to interview (somewhat tongue-in-cheek). Here is one thing a “retired Forest Service bureaucrat” had to say …
Mostly absent from the collaborative groups are elected officials. While elected officials represent residents, Friedman said, they are seldom effective members of stakeholders groups that strive for collaborative solutions.
“They may not share the level of passion and knowledge of individuals, experts and special interest groups that participate in stakeholders groups,” she said.
An interesting theory. Friedman had quite a few things to say. (Maybe she can explain why the locals insist on calling this the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest.)
(The article includes links to a number of articles on this Forest’s plan revision process.)