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This week newspapers across the country will publish stories about the importance of public records and measure how well their local governments allow access to information.Public records are very serious business for newspapers because they form … more
When you want to find out what's going on in our state, nation and world, you most likely turn to the news media, which, for all their flaws, perform a vital function in a democracy of keeping the government accountable and the people informed. Yet … more
Sunshine Week, March 12 through 18, is a national annual celebration of the public's right to know what their government, at local, state, and federal levels, is doing. Now in its 12th year, Sunshine Week champions the conviction that open access to … more
By Mizell Stewart IIIRita Ward had a question: Why did a weekly listing of causes of death suddenly stop appearing in the local newspaper?It turned out the health department in Vanderburgh County, Indiana, halted its practice of providing causes of … more
To complete the Town Meeting Week report, state Rep. Matt Trieber, D-Windham-3, and I visited Brookline, Grafton, and Windham on Tuesday. The really good news was that we made it to the Grafton meeting before they adjourned! These visits were all … more
An open government makes for a better government. This is sunshine week and it is being celebrated all across the nation. In reality, it should be celebrated every week —not just this week — in Vermont and every other state. Here at the … more
"Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses." That quote is from French journalist, novelist and critic Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, who lived from 1808 to 1890.He's right of course; being … more
The first auction I ever attended was at Giddings Transportation's huge storage facility in North Springfield with Alice Stowell Bliss. I was instructed to sit still and not wave to anyone, keep my hands folded neatly in my lap, and behave. I have … more
By Andrew Torre For decades the right wing — led and financed by billionaires such as the Koch brothers — has been plotting the overthrow of democratic government and replacing it with a corporate plutocracy. Most Americans have been … more
Gerrymandering has been a serious issue for more than two hundred years, and its impact continues to have major consequences for our democracy. Nevertheless, it is a solvable problem, and this column offers some concrete solutions. First however, … more
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