It was with some amusement that I read the editorial Sunshine week reveals inadequacies, (Herald, March 27).
For the Herald to suggest surprise at city attorney David Smiths reluctance to comply with an open records request is to suggest that the Herald has been asleep at the wheel for too long.
During my years on the Durango City Council 2005-2008 I personally was subject to six Freedom of Information requests; four from KSUT, one from the Herald and one from an agent for the Twin Buttes development project. None of those FOIA requests uncovered any wrongdoing on my part as the city attorney and city manager made every diligent effort, behind the scenes, to throw me under the bus.
Because I have intimate knowledge of how the city conducts its real agenda outside of public purview, my best guess is that inappropriate and unethical behavior continues with an acquiescent City Council and media that continue to look the other way.
For the Herald to purport to be astonished is to admit that it, as well as the city, needs to improve the quality of its work.
Renee Parsons, Vero Beach, Fla.