Dear Editor,

We live in a time when we are often too busy or simply unable to attend our own local government meetings.  Given the current financial crisis, it is more critical than ever to be aware of what our elected officials are doing with the responsibility entrusted to them.

As a candidate for the Middletown Township Committee, I feel it is time that Middletown televises their town meetings.

If we have the capability to record our concerts in the park, than we should be able to do the same for our meetings.

I strongly believe that transparency builds open and honest government.  We need residents to participate in their local government, and we need to give them the tools to do so.  Middletown owes it to their residents to provide this service.

Mary E. Mahoney

Middletown, NJ