Opinion-Editorial

ASNE Sunshine Week 2018: Everyday people fighting government secrecy

If you’re an editor who believes “success breeds success,” then Sunshine Week, March 11-17, is a perfect time to highlight efforts by private citizens to keep state and local government open to the public. Citizens like Alan Cowles of Lawrence, Kansas and Debbie Miller of Independence, Kansas, whose advocacy has made government more accountable.
Cowles, a physician, was trying to track a local issue when he became frustrated by vague justifications a public board used to meet in executive session, out of the public eye. To see whether use of such vague rationale was common, Cowles examined the . . .

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