"I'm hard-pressed to believe that people who have not been a part of [the Medical Mart negotiations] will have greater insight than people who have been a part of it."

— County Commissioner Tim Hagen, rationalizing why he can ignore public input on the Medical Mart contract, after keeping the details of that contract secret for over a year. The mind reels. (From the PD's account of what it took to get even grudging concessions to the principle of transparency.)

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