Editorial: Transparency benefits everyone

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM.

What makes it OK for government to know where the guns are and not you?

Eliminating from public access the information that government gathers on citizens sets a dangerous precedent. Today the holders of gun permits. What will be kept secret from the public tomorrow? What other information will government gather and keep from you?

North Carolina’s transparency laws have served the public well since their inception. To strip them is to trust government more than the public and to hand over more power to government.

In this country, the people ARE the government. Public access to information is the best way to limit government power and safeguard the freedoms enjoyed by Americans.

During Sunshine Week, we encourage you to stay informed by attending government meetings, tapping into public information and supporting efforts to keep the public’s business public.

The best government is an open government. Join the Havelock News in keeping the sun shining on the public’s business.

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