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Sentinel editor joins in pushing Obama on transparency — again

In my role as head of a national group of local indie publishers, I signed onto another letter to the Obama administration, urging changes to federal government policies that restrict reporters — and you — from learning what leaders and regulators are doing.... Read more»

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The media is supposed to be the fourth branch of government. Or, as I like to look at it, public servants are my employees, and the media is supposed to be writing their performance evaluations for my review.

Now, of course, this system doesn’t always work as it should because far too many in the media try to change the course of history rather than just documenting it as they should be. However, government stonewalling takes this already bad situation and makes it even worse. I find it very angering. I am a taxpayer. Not only does my money pay the salary of public officials, it also pays for everything they do in the course of their duties. Therefore, I have a right to know everything they’re doing-or not doing-with my money. There should be no secrets. The public should tolerate no secrets. But, elections have consequences, and as long as people don’t think before they vote this sort of thing will continue indefinitely.

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