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Bluefield Daily Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 16, 1973, Bluefield, West Virginia Political groups continue secrecy policy despite practices juror by the associated priss despite the Public juror ver watergate and government secrecy Many members of state and county party exer Tive committees in West Virginia still believe secrecy and critics Are compatible bedfellow. Not Long ago the Cabell county democratic executive committee composed members elected by the Public voted to continue its policy of closed meetings. The vote prompted Nye King vice chairman of the group and an advocate of open meetings to write his local newspaper. A i consider open meetings of both the Democrat and Republican committees As fundamental and essential to the right of the members of the respective parties to know what is happening within their parties and what their elected representatives Are doing a he wrote. A a open meetings of political committees can help to make the voter More confident of his local governmental political process and help to remove the stigma attached to some areas of politics created by the revelations of the watergate mess in at present King said in an interview the big problem with politics is getting people to become interested and involved. He said he Felt open meetings would be a positive step toward reversing the present plight of the politician. However Auneta Booth Secretary of the Cabell county democrats and one of those who voted to keep the doors closed refused comment on her vote. She further declared her name was not to be mentioned. But Joe Midkiff who also voted with the majority was More helpful. A a it a the Law that agencies handling Public funds must meet publicly a he said. A a but College drive inn hamburgers each 55c hamburger deluxe dinner served with French Fries amp Slaw 90c or. And or s. 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The Only ones who Ever show up Are the duly elected members and ifs hard enough to get them to on the state level j. C. Dillon state senator from Hinton and state democratic party chairman said the last time the democratic executive committee met he called an executive session before permitting the press to come in. A for the most part a he said a i believe in open meetings on anything concerning the Public and i can to think of anything that goes on in a state meeting that should be conducted in secret. A of course though Macy a does no to Tell gambles what it plans to advertise. Its just like a football game. You done to Tell the other Side what play you re going to Tom Potter Dillon Scop counterpart and a member of the House of delegates from Charleston said his state com a Mittee also meets both ways. A in 1970 when we were considering whether to name an opponent to run against senator Byrd the meeting was open a he said. A there Are some that can and should be open and others involving finances and strategies obviously should be both Potter and Dillon said there was no Standard procedure within their parties that dealt with county executive committees. They said rather the matter is left up to the i committees on an individual j basis. Both said they did no to know How Many of their county committees conducted open meet Ings. But John Mcowen who voted with King to open the doors in Cabell county said he s of the i opinion that most of the county i executive committees still meet in secret. A most of the members feel we will be spied upon and that the newspapers will come and then everybody will know our business a Mcowen said. A personally i think politics should be open and above san Francisco sets string contest san Francisco a the san Francisco symphony foundation has announced that its annual Competition for instrumentalists will be devoted to violinists and cellists this season. 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