Editorial: Public bodies' stony silence

A citizen talked to the Hampton council during its most recent meeting, but the situation he encountered seems to be common: governing bodies that don't engage the public during the public input parts of their meetings. There are exceptions, but generally neither council members nor staff respond. It can feel like an audience at Versailles, minus the elegance: Ordinary people beseech the powerful, who don't deign to explain themselves. It can feel cold. Daily Press editorial.