Gov. Parnell closes the door once more

On Sunday afternoon, Gov. Sean Parnell held a closed-door meeting with soldiers in the Alaska National Guard in Anchorage, seeking input on reforming the Guard after a scandal involving sexual abuse, harassment and fraud that toppled both Guard Adjutant Gen. Thomas Katkus and state deputy commissioner of Military and Veteran’s Affairs McHugh Pierre. It’s certainly a good idea to involve front-line Guard members in reforming their organization, presuming they aren’t completely distrustful of the command structure after years of abuses. But it seems like a poor move by Gov. Parnell — who is already under fire for his office’s stonewalling of requests for documents relating to the scandal — to once again shut the door on the public and the press as he deals with the fallout.

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