Post and Courier
July 12, 2014

Present and not fully accounted for

Posted: 11/17/2013 12:01 a.m.

Ring, ring

“This meeting will now come to order...”

Maybe it’s not surprising that the conference call would supplant the public meeting, given the technological bent of the age.

But that doesn’t make it a good idea, and Charleston City Council should avail themselves of the rule change allowing attendance by phone as sparingly as possible.

Oh, it’s not hard to understand the temptation. Long meetings, after a long day in the office.

Even for city council members, getting a parking spot near City Hall isn’t a guarantee.

And with Mayor Joe Riley’s ongoing record of gaining a majority vote for the items on his agenda, there must be a regular sense of foregone conclusion.

But voters elect their council members to show up at meetings, not dial in.

As with texting and tweeting, a convenience shouldn’t become a habit. And for law enforcement’s sake, don’t call in from the driver’s seat.