First Amendment Forum held at Valdosta State University

By Joe Adgie joe.adgie@gaflnews.com VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University held a Journalism and Government Transparency Forum Saturday at the Odum Library. The event, that was attended by journalists, VSU students and members of the community, discussed Georgia’s sunshine laws, the First Amendment, and how members of the community, not just journalists, can exercise their basic rights. Speakers…

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…