The News Tribune’s front page article “City seeks relief from records law” (Dec. 26th) requires some clarification. It states “the law allows the city to charge only for the actual costs of copying.” Actually, the city can only charge for those copies the requestor walks away with. Otherwise, Fredric Cornell would have paid Lakewood about $11,700 instead of $73.50 for the 78,000 pages he asked to review. Cornell portrays himself as a typical, taxpaying requestor. His record shows otherwise. His criminal history includes theft and a federal court order to report for sexual deviancy treatment (he was a no-show). Perhaps most bizarrely, he suggests an ordained affiliation with the Anglican Church that does not exist as far as anyone can tell (he attends regular council meetings dressed as a priest). Most crucially, the article understates the true costs of unfettered public disclosure. Generally two employees must review every email that is released to the public to ensure that legally protected information of citizens and employees is not released. Converting all city emails to a PDF format and posting them online as some have suggested is simply not realistic. For a city the size of Lakewood, the number of pages would be in the millions in a given year. The City of Lakewood is absolutely committed to open government. We are constantly looking for ways to improve the public disclosure process. The State Legislature can help in this regard by drafting some common sense reform.