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Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 7:57 pm | Updated: 8:03 pm, Tue Sep 17, 2013.

As the school year begins, here’s an open letter to those students (typically history and government students) assigned extra credit for attending a public meeting during their high school careers:

First off, let’s talk about the dress code.

I realize it’s natural to wear your pajamas to school nowadays, but school board meetings and city council meetings deserve a bit more respect that your boring math class.

Slippers, no. Flip flops, questionable. Dirty bright green headbands, definitely not.

And that black hooded sweatshirt you pulled from the back of your closet since fall is upon us, keep the Unabomber-style hood off your head. It's rude. And it really wasn't even cold enough to justify.

Secondly, while it’s fun to meet up with your classmates after dinner and sit in comfy chairs for a couple of hours in exchange of a few points that might get you from a “C” to an “B,” this is still a place where real business is being conducted.

Turn your cell phones off and stop the whispering.

Finally, to the couple who sat directly in front of me this evening at the Galt City Council meeting, you might want to know your googly eyes and light pecks (yes, kissing openly in council chambers) might have been broadcast on live cable TV. Your parents must be proud,


A longtime (might I describe as "old") reporter who has been covering public meetings for close to two decades and has probably seen hundreds of students not follow these guidelines

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Welcome to the discussion.

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