January 16, 2008

An Inconvenient Concept?

South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds has many fine attributes. And I like his position on most issues. But listening to him tip-toe around the topic of open records on South Dakota Public Radio yesterday, it was clear that he just doesn’t grasp the concept that our public records should be presumed to be “open records” for the public. His examples of how the Governor’s office would be impacted made it obvious that open records would be inconvenient…..at least for the Governor!

Perhaps he should read the
letter about open records written to legislators by Bill Kunerth of Belle Fourche, a staunch advocate of open government.

There’s also a good column written by Chuck Baldwin of Vermillion that appears in the Rapid City Journal and the
Black Hills Pioneer. Both the Baldwin and Kunerth pieces are worth a read!

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