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In the midst of the Trump administration, the rights of a free press are questioned daily in tweets and from the podium in the White House briefing room.Concern about First Amendment rights is nothing new inside the less-than-democratic halls of … more
A recent headline in the Berkshire Eagle read "Police: Man took 120-mile Uber ride to rob Lenox woman."Break-ins, robberies, and abductions sadly are crimes we see on the increase throughout the region, but most do not evolve out of telephone scams. … more
We are being told that the new Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare (ACA) will be much better, cheaper and allow for more freedom for doctors and patients. Those claims have nothing to do with the reality of the proposal they are pushing … more
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
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