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sexta-feira, março 24, 2006


Se fôr ao site da ONO encontra um texto de Kate Parry publicado no The Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Aí pode ver que fechar a informação a sete chaves não é um exclusivo da nossa administração.

There's a dandy quote-of-the-day calendar on my desk from the Freedom Forum, a think tank dedicated to free speech and a free press.

A pitch-perfect quote from Thomas Ellington, a political science professor at Wesleyan College, turned up recently that crystalized why we've all got a stake in keeping our government -- the one we elect and pay for with our taxes -- as open to scrutiny as possible:

"It is certainly not the case that every secret hides a crook or a fool. But it is true that incompetence and corruption will always seek to cloak themselves in secrecy."

Apparently Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Attorney General Mike Hatch have different calendars on their desks this year. They're floating proposals that could significantly limit the ability of the public and press to see how government is functioning.

There's nothing like a little bipartisan skulduggery of this sort to kick off Sunshine Week today, an effort by media to help the public understand why government openness is so important -- and why it's an uphill struggle to keep it open. As the reader's representative, I thought while there was still time to do something about it, I'd show what you risk losing if those proposals get some traction.