I remember the first Director of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Mark Coleman, addressing the agency after he retired and was brought back for an honorary event.  In particular, I remember him telling the audience, in effect, that he believed that DEQ was formed to do good things, and that when an agency ceased to have good things to do, that it should cease to exist.

I believe that DEQ does have good things to do, but like all imperfect organizations, it does not always do good.  That is different.  That latter is a call for reform, not legislative annihilation.  One sign of an organization becoming sick is when excessive and unnecessary levels of secrecy and bureaucratic self-protection creeps in.

Someone thinks something needs to be hidden.  As one business-savvy friend told me, “People will do almost anything to avoid going to jail.”