March 14-2Oth was Sunshine Week a national initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Sunshine Week is led by the American Society of Newspaper Editors it is non-partisan and is about the public’s right to know what government is doing and why. The goal of this week is to enlighten and empower people to give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger.
Though spearheaded by journalists, Sunshine Week is about the public’s right to know what its government is doing, and why. Sunshine Week seeks to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all levels, and to give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger.
Sunshine Week is a non-partisan initiative whose supporters are conservative, liberal and everything in between. Transparency in government should not be a partisan issue it should be goal of all of our elected leaders from Coventry to Washington.
In Coventry there remains a fog of confusion over issues largely due to the lack of transparency brought on by poor leadership. The Coventry Board of Education has in the past abdicated the responsibilities of leadership and priorities in spending to non-elected administrators and taken the position to ratify spending and actions without regard to the budget after the decisions are made by others.
It is unfortunate that Congress does not take transparency in government as a serious issue. The current session has voted on bills not read, or for that matter not completely written at the time of the vote. Not only are the citizens unaware of what is actually in the bill but the members of Congress are in a fog unable to explain the details of a bill.
Now we are told a massive health care reform bill of more than 2,000 pages will be passed and yet nobody can adequately explain what is exactly in the proposal. We not only lack sunshine for the citizens we are seeing a lack of common sense by our elected leaders.