For Sunshine Week, just a little light

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March 11, 2013 1:56 PM

From Corvallis Gazette Times:

Sunday marks the start of Sunshine Week, the national initiative that’s meant to call attention to the importance of open government and freedom of information.

Typically, this is a time when I blather on about how government works best when it functions in the sunshine and how Oregon’s laws on public records and open meetings, once among the best in the nation, have been whittled down over the years until they’re shadows of their former selves.

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But the recent efforts of the Democrat-Herald and the Lebanon Express to try to get more information about the unexpected departure of the chief of the Lebanon Police Department offer a vivid example of how these issues can play out in the real world.