Driver in fatal should be named
>The Sunday, July 31, edition of our sister paper, The Telegraph, carried an editorial about the state Attorney General’s Office refusal to release the name of the 17-year-old driver who struck and killed a Lyndeborough woman, Debess Rogers, in July.
Here is an excerpt from that editorial:
"Part of the state’s concern (about releasing the name of the driver) lies in the possibility that if the driver is charged as a juvenile, having her name out in public would be a problem. …
"Once the driver’s name is released (said Senior Assistant Attorney Karen Schlitzer), ‘we can’t unring that bell’ "
"Except that, if the charge were brought in juvenile court, the public wouldn’t hear that particular bell ring anyway and wouldn’t be able to connect one with the other. …
"The public has an interest in knowing the identify of the driver. Consistent transparency is one way of assuring the public that the children of ordinary taxpayers are treated the same as the children of the politically connected."