But now local officials have come up with their own approach.
"And who are we as local officials to question the security needs of the country at large?"
But local black officials have by and large yet to take up the cause.
Still, many of the local officials are not so sure.
Today, local officials tried to put the best face on the report's results.
The Open is off to a good start, local officials said.
He said they have yet to meet with local officials or business people.
For some local officials, however, the work was taking too long.
Many students are children of local government officials and community leaders.
Local officials have said 17 people were killed, among them women and children.