Lasagna and the three-legged stool

Over the weekend I made lasagna for the first time. It was fun — mixing everything up and laying down all the layers. Only problem was, as I was putting the finishing touches of cheese on top, I realized that I had skipped a layer of pasta. I couldn’t exactly go back in and shove noodles underneath the meat and sauce and cheese… oops.

This put me in mind of an article I read at the beginning of this month in the Sawyer County Record: Three-legged stool can’t stand on only two.

In it, David Thompson writes:

“Open government is a three-legged stool.

It takes open meetings.

It takes open records.

It takes public notices.

Any of the three being absent you don’t really have open government.”

I like the image of an open and transparent government supporting itself by BEING an open and transparent government. And this is where my dinner-time analogy falls apart — the lasagna tasted fine without that layer of pasta, but government can never be transparent if it’s missing access to records, public meetings or public notices.


1 Response to “Lasagna and the three-legged stool”

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