In my 56 years in the news business, including a 15-year stint as president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, I've witnessed some bizarre attempts by government officials to keep information from the public they're supposed to serve — but the one that's currently dragging on in Racine County clearly takes the cake.
Editor Emeritus Dave Zweifel The Capital Times
"Let us be clear about what has happened. City Attorney Letteney, with Judge Gasiorkiewicz’s help, has wasted many thousands of taxpayer dollars to embrace a shocking level of official secrecy. Weidner and media organizations have, at their own expense, pushed back against this, and thus far prevailed.
But the wrong that has been done here has not yet been righted. There ought to be consequences for the bad judgment shown by Letteney and Gasiorkiewicz, as well as by Racine Mayor Cory Mason — who, as far as I can tell, has sat on his hands as this outrage has played out in his city. The violation of the public trust here has been severe. The repercussions should be also."
Bill Lueders president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council.
This whole episode is a disgrace to the City of Racine, an insult to taxpayers and a waste of money. It calls into question the judgment of the city attorney and his reasoning for pursuing such a misguided venture when he went before a closed session meeting of city aldermen in the fall of 2017. Racine Journal Times Editorial Board