Opinion

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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Sunshine Week more than press issue; Americans have right to know
By March 17, 2014 Read More →

Sunshine Week more than press issue; Americans have right to know

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 Times-West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. — “Open government is good government” is the theme for Sunshine Week, which runs today through Saturday. It was launched in 2005, […]

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By March 17, 2014 Read More →

The Greenbrier a sparkling gem to be nurtured

An editorial from The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — For the off-season, The Greenbrier resort was certainly in the news last week. Despite the unwelcome return of winter to southern West Virginia, the spotlight was particularly warm and bright on the resort and its owner, Jim Justice. On Friday we reported that the New Orleans Saints […]

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How to use FOIA laws to find stories, deepen sourcing
By March 17, 2014 Read More →

How to use FOIA laws to find stories, deepen sourcing

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. Freedom of information laws are invaluable resources to reporters covering any beat. The laws provide access to a wide range of government documents, from budgets to emails, and contracts to […]

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Celebrate a century of sunlight
By March 15, 2014 Read More →

Celebrate a century of sunlight

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. It was, perhaps, no coincidence that a century of “sunlight” was born during the winter holidays, when celebrants burn Yule logs, place stars atop trees and light candles to hold […]

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By March 14, 2014 Read More →

The answer is pi

An editorial from the Charleston Daily Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In the calendar lull between the celebratory dates of Fat Tuesday and St. Patrick’s Day is a date now gaining in popularity: Pi Day. March 14, aka 3.14, represents the shortened number for pi — 3.14159 — the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its […]

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By March 14, 2014 Read More →

West Virginia must do better on tobacco use

An editorial from the Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Nationwide, one out of five adults would respond “yes” to the question of whether or not they smoked cigarettes. According to a Gallup poll released this week, one out of every three West Virginians would respond “yes” to that question. In fact, according to research […]

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By March 14, 2014 Read More →

Daily Mail picture project frames memories

A column by Charleston Daily Mail staff writer Ashley B. Craig CHARLESTON, W.Va. — I like to make up stories about strangers. In my profession that’s a big no-no, but it’s a habit you pick up people-watching. Making up names and stories has become a good pastime while waiting here or there. The Daily Mail’s […]

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