Opinion

By March 20, 2014 Read More →

W.Va. official’s support of contractor out of line

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Public officials who have a cloudy understanding about how cozy relationships can raise questions of impropriety should take a lesson from the case of a West Virginia official. Joe Gonzalez, communications director at the state Office of Emergency Medical Services, has been fined by the West Virginia […]

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Keep sunshine on the government
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Keep sunshine on the government

An editorial from The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — There was a time not so long ago last winter when if you heard mention of Sunshine Week, it got your attention. We ’re hoping it still does today as the sun rises on spring. But more specifically, the Sunshine Week we refer to began Sunday, […]

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FOIA reform key to open government
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FOIA reform key to open government

 Editor’s note: Sunshine Week, March 16-22, 2014, is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. This column was published by the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. This Sunshine Week, the National Security Archive is reporting that 50 out of 101 agencies have not updated their FOIA regulations […]

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Caring enough to conduct meetings ‘the right way’
By March 19, 2014 Read More →

Caring enough to conduct meetings ‘the right way’

An editorial from The Inter-Mountain ELKINS, W.Va. — As The Inter-Mountain celebrates Sunshine Week, we plan to highlight local agencies that operate openly and with transparency, as well as instances when public information has been harder to come by, and officials have been reluctant to let the public know what was going on behind closed […]

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Top secret: Administration keeps everyone in dark
By March 19, 2014 Read More →

Top secret: Administration keeps everyone in dark

Editor’s note: Sunshine Week, March 16-22, 2014, is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. An editorial from The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — When President Barack Obama took office, he promised Americans the most transparent administration in history. Just the opposite has occurred. The situation […]

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Let the sun shine
By March 18, 2014 Read More →

Let the sun shine

An editorial from The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — This week marks the celebration of “Sunshine Week.” And, no, this is not a sarcastic reference to our recent weather. Rather, it is a reminder of our freedoms, and the right to transparent, responsible government to which all citizens in our republic are entitled. It isn’t always […]

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Secrecy trend undermines good government
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Secrecy trend undermines good government

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The best way to ensure good government is to demand that it act openly. But more and more, governments at all levels are closing the door to journalists and the public about information regarding its actions. Such secrecy makes it difficult for the public to gauge how […]

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Open government first step toward good government
By March 18, 2014 Read More →

Open government first step toward good government

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — This is national Sunshine Week, which has nothing to do with the weather and everything to do with good government. Sponsored by the American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, this annual initiative promotes open government and shines a […]

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In lieu of leaks, FOIA can be most powerful tool
By March 18, 2014 Read More →

In lieu of leaks, FOIA can be most powerful tool

  Editor’s note: Sunshine Week, March 16-22, 2014, is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.  A few years ago, I met a longtime source at a local coffee shop in Los Angeles. He said he needed to break some news to me. I thought […]

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Fighting secrecy in government
By March 17, 2014 Read More →

Fighting secrecy in government

An editorial from The Inter-Mountain Editor’s note: Sunshine Week, March 16-22, 2014, is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. ELKINS, W.Va. — Secrecy in government is one of the evils that newspapers have always fought against. Secrecy makes problems worse, erodes public confidence in […]

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