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Public comment at City Hall a casualty of virus

May 31, 2020 - The Cincinnati Enquirer (Ohio)

When Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley signed the COVID-19 emergency order, he slammed the door shut on the people's house. Citizens could not enter City Hall. If they had a comment for City Council, their public comment opportunity was gone. Instead, they could watch the meetings on cable TV or streaming on internet devices. They could send an email to the clerk of council.

Those extreme measures were probably justified at first, while people adjusted to the new normal. We have both empathy a...