Transparency is better for all in government

The best government, at all levels, is that most open to constituents.
Government is a public convenience. Its reason to exist is to provide a means for individuals to do collectively what they can’t do individually. That ranges from providing streets, recreation, garbage collection and public safety in towns and cities throughout the nation to the multiplicity of things that affect us nationally and globally in Washington.
City and county governments and school boards have legitimate reasons occasionally to withdraw from public scrutiny. In Kansas, according to the Kansas Open Meeting Act, they may meet in secret to discuss the following:
— Personnel matters of non-elected personnel;
— Consultations with an attorney that would be considered privileged in the attorney-client relationship;
— Matters relating to employer-employee negotiations whether or not in consultation with the representatives of the public body;
— Confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts or individual proprietorships;
— Matters relating to actions adversely or favorably affecting a person as a student, patient or resident of a public institution;
— Preliminary discussions relating to the acquisition or real property;
— Security matters relating to a public body or agency.
Occasional temptation of governing bodies is to be lenient in interpreting reasons to meet in secret, and also for members to permit themselves to be lax in following the letter of the law by discussing something other than the topic used to trigger a closed meeting.
Government functions best when it is transparent, when those governed know exactly what their representatives are doing and why. No one is well-served when blindsided by a decision or by discussion in secret that leads to rumor and innuendo.
It is essential for governing bodies to avoid even the hint of duplicity.

— Bob Johnson