Voice of the Free Press: Open government in Vermont concerns everyone

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2010

Who would have ever dreamed that citizens have not only a right but also a need to know how their governments operate? Why should anyone in government lean toward shrouding rather than sharing? Yet here we were talking about denial as a right as if we reside in a land alien to the ideals of the republic.

For the reason for ease of sharing information, read the Vermont Constitution, Article 6:

“That all power being originally inherent in and consequently derived from the people, therefore, all officers of government, whether legislative or executive, are their trustees and servants; and at all times, in a legal way, accountable to them.”

There remains but one way to ensure accountability. The light must shine continuously on the behavior of government, which is our most public enterprise.

Close the door and the light is snuffed out.

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20101121/OPINION01/11210310/Voice-of-the-Free-Press-Open-government-in-Vermont-concerns-everyone

 

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