Our community has learned a lot about the limits of open government law over the past year, as indictments of former Buncombe County employees Wanda Greene, Mandy Stone, Jon Creighton and Michael Greene revealed corruption and embezzlement concealed from both the public and the media over many years.
Local organizations, municipal bodies and citizens groups across Western North Carolina have partnered to empower community members to play a direct hand in the management and accessibility of public records, and help create a virtual landscape where responsibility for the dissemination of these records is shared by everyone.
Readers, we’d like to know your experience with local government transparency, especially with regards to open records.
It’s Sunshine Week — the annual celebration of freedom of public information. Around the country, journalists, researchers, authors and citizens of many stripes are celebrating our collective right to know what government at all levels does. But at the local level, how much might be too much?
Honoring Sunshine Week and its focus on freedom of information, Democracy North Carolina has released an analysis of the campaign-finance activity of Blue Cross Blue Shield of N.C., which insures some 3 million state residents and administers the flagging state employee’s health insurance plan.