"If it weren't true, it would be funny -- but the reasons used by public officials who pushed closing records of marriage licenses, births and deaths to public view are ludicrous."
So states the opening of an editorial in the Madison, South Dakota Daily Leader web site. The article goes on to describe the comedy of state officials trying to lock the public out of public records. The actions were conducted in the best Keystone Cops tradition.
All genealogists, and all state officials, should read the article.