Friday’s editorial is a wrap-up of what’s working well when it comes to open government. It includes plenty of links, so if you’ve ever wondered where to find some of this info, it could be worth browsing just for those:
We’re nearing the end of another Sunshine Week, when media outlets across the nation celebrate open government and advocate for more transparency in the halls of power. In past years we’ve used the occasion to call for a variety of reforms, including more robust freedom of information laws in our state, fewer executive sessions at local governmental bodies, better monitoring of those secret meetings and more basic training for public employees on the state’s public access laws. Those concerns haven’t changed.
But while there are still plenty of issues to address across our state and region – and we will continue to point them out – for today at least we choose to see the glass as half full, and we’ll instead celebrate some successes of local institutions. There have been achievements in public access and open government here in recent years and we honor them to spread the worthy ideas and practices to other local governments and agencies.