Texting Made Public

As House Bill 477 heads to repeal, the Alliance for a Better Utah believes that the Sutherland Institute’s Paul Mero got it wrong in contending that texting is a form of “contemporaneous communication” to be shielded from public view (see “Mero Moment: GRAMA and Transparency” at www.sutherlandinstitute.org).

The better argument is that in the interest of transparency and good governance, all communication should be public.

Obviously, not all conversations are recorded or intended for public consumption, and, as Mero states, few want to know how sausage is made.

However, distinguishing a text from other forms of writing is intellectually dishonest.

The idea of hastening non-oral conversations is nothing new. Since the Pony…

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