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The one thing I will never apologize for is this newspaper’s commitment to transparency.

We believe in open government and the people’s right to know, and if a public official wants to get our attention, all they have to do is attempt to make government business secret.

In both Sunday and Monday’s newspapers, we placed Associated Press stories on the front page about transparency in government.

The Sunday story chronicled state lawmakers from around the country and their attempts to make records secret. Often their reasoning is in the name of safety and battling terrorism. We should not buy that.

On Monday, we ran a second story about the litany of problems with secrecy in the federal government, especially around the president and his administration.

Many continue to say this type of reporting as “biased.”

Is it “biased” or just facts they don’t want to hear?

The reality is that politicians in both parties have tried to erode transparency. President Obama was no friend to open government either.

We should call out those politicians at every turn.

When you don’t have open government, you have secrecy.

When you have secrecy, you have corruption.



Ken Tingley is Editor of The Post-Star in Glens Falls, N.Y. and writes a regular blog called "The Front Page."

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