Georgia gets D- on national ethics report card

State governments are doing a poor job when it comes to open government, according to a national ethics watchdog. The 2015 State Integrity Investigation, described as “a data-driven assessment of state government by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity,” was released this week and the results are abysmal. “The comprehensive probe found that…

Government is supposed to work for us, not against us

Sitting in the mayor and council chambers in City Hall as the mayor bangs the gavel, rising to say the Pledge of Allegiance, staring at the city seal perched on the wall high above seated council members, thinking about all the important business that has been transacted in the hallowed government hall — how could…

National Newspaper Week begins Sunday

National Newspaper Week begins Oct. 4. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of National Newspaper Week and this year’s theme is “Power of the Press.” In so many ways, the press is more powerful than ever. With so much misinformation on social media, people are turning to newspapers more than ever for reliable information they…

School board produces transparent agenda

From The Valdosta Daily Times:  The Lowndes County Board of Education has created a meeting agenda that not only seems to comply with the Georgia Open Meetings Act, but that could become a standard for school boards across the state.  The agenda provides details that will be a great public service. The school system’s attorney…