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City Council Politics Benefit From Media Spotlight

Tuesday, Sep. 28, 2010

Like the middle child, a small city caught between two larger cities can have a difficult time getting attention.

Living below the radar may be what some politicians would favor, but the lack of media coverage can lead to a lack of accountability on the part of local government.

Such is the concern expressed by Ted Griffith, a resident of Burlington, Ontario, Canada. In an opinion piece Griffith describes the frustration of living in a city wedged between Toronto and Hamilton, cities commanding more than a fair amount of press.

"Without regular media oversight, our elected officials have to be of sufficient ethical character to police themselves, if not each other."

When I served in elected office the media could be both friend and foe. What is your experience?

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