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OUR VIEW: Go ahead, take closed government personally

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By Shereen Siewert “Don’t take it personally.” That’s usually good advice. But today, as we close out Sunshine Week, we urge the opposite reaction to any government body operating in the shadows, avoiding public scrutiny and genuine openness and transparency. In other words, take closed government personally. Please. Take it personally when public access to…

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Guest Column: Celebrating transparency in local government

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By Village of Weston Administrator Daniel Guild March 11–17, 2018, is the annual celebration of Sunshine Week — a national initiative spearheaded by the American Society of News Editors to educate the public about the importance of open government and the dangers of excessive or unnecessary secrecy. A few years ago, the Wisconsin Women’s Council,…

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Guest column: Let the sunshine in

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By Mark Pitsch In my career as a journalist, I have encountered many public officials who respect government openness and transparency. There was the state records custodian who turned over dozens of her boss’s embarrassing emails after telling him that keeping them secret would violate the law. And the university staffers who pointed me to…

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