17512 Columbia

worst secrets … kept!

In Opinions, Opportunities on March 25, 2011 at 5:32 am
Secrecy is the freedom tyrants dream of. Bill Moyers
 
Secrecy, being an instrument of conspiracy, ought never to be the system of a regular government.
Jeremy Bentham 
 
Columbia and the surrounding areas of Marietta, Wrightsville, Mountville and Washington Boro offer some of the best-kept secrets in the county; all you have to do is walk around these towns and you come across really cool treasures: magnificent architecture; history (everywhere you look); a superb place to walk with a one-mile bridge spanning the Susquehanna; great antique shops and wonderful, sincere, smiling people!

There, however, are a few worst secrets … kept. We cannot understand why some people in some organizations want to hide information that belongs to the citizens; we just do not understand why this information is not readily available on Internet Websites for inspection. Citizens have a right to know and they want to see data; prospective visitors and citizens want to know more about the organizations and agencies in the area.

What’s the reason for the secrecy? What is the big deal? Why do municipal agencies and not-for-profit organizations want to hide (or not show) financial records as mandated by the IRS and the Commonwealth?

In 2011, using the Internet to get information is quite common!

  1. Some secrets are kept, because shady deals have been made. A few years ago, Columbia Borough vacated a section of public property to a private business and then renovated it at taxpayer expense. At a subsequent borough council meeting, the business owner vowed to reimburse the borough. I wonder if he ever did.

  2. Well, as you know, financial dealings with government agencies and 501 (c) organizations are legally “open documents” and, as such, have to be available to the public.

    “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light.” – GEORGE WASHINGTON

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