Clarity should not be expensive

 

I am a root cause person. I like to know why things really are the way they are.

To that end, I believe any reasonable person can come to an educated conclusion when they have all the information available. I do not believe that anyone is happier when they are ignorant of the facts, as many entities will have people think. Entities hold to the theory that whoever controls the information controls everything.

Unfortunately, in many governments, there appears to be an attitude of 'you don't need to know that'. In fact, sometimes you even hear that said out loud.

Guess what? We do need to know that, or you just look crooked. Sometimes we find out you are crooked and got away with it because those elected to pay attention don't. But, mostly, we find out why a decision was really made, for the good or bad of it.

More often than not, when I have requested documents, I have located some anomaly with what transpired. The way contracts were entered into, finances that don't add up, etc. But, mostly, I just want a clearer picture of what is happening.

The  entity is allowed by law to charge for documents. The law that allows this was mandated by the State and is antiquated. It was written during a time before email, scanners and websites were readily available and low cost. I am working on changing that state law. In the meantime, government needs to get into this century.

A few years ago, then Attorney General, John Kroger, did a chain yanking series of town halls across the state to get public input regarding meetings and records. Darrell testified regarding the need for open records. He even pointed out that even the Attorney General's Manual referred to activists as busy bodies. (That has since been removed.) Not only did he take zero action in improving the situation regarding records or meetings, his own employees were guilty of illegally destroying public records and Mr. Kroger failed to prosecute. The current AG, Ellen Ellen Rosenblum, has made no effort to even begin a conversation.

We pay for the staff, the machines, the paper and everything else involved to get information into the hands of the people that are paying the bill.

The more secretive a government city becomes, and antiquated it stays, the more obsolete they are.

Join the effort to 'open it up' by contacting me to see how you can work to get it changed.