Let the sun shine in and make government better

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram 

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Sunshine Week logo 2Sunshine Week sounds like a nice idea for a spring or summertime festival, a time to embrace the return of warmer temperatures and well, the sun.

But it isn’t that at all. In fact, it is something much more serious as it is an effort to increase awareness of the need for open, transparent government.

Coordinated by the American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Sunshine Week is “a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information,” according to the event’s website.

It is an effort to alert the public of efforts that are leading to more open government and to spotlight areas of concern.

A series of stories by The Associated Press, help to identify a startling weakness in current Freedom of Information Act laws.

While state and federal lawmakers have been touting their efforts to promote laws that mandate open government, many have conveniently created loopholes that allow legislators’ sharing of information with other lawmakers and supporters to remain protected…

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