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Tom Kearney http://www.addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/162/all en Vermont must give teeth to the open records law http://www.addisonindependent.com/201008vermont-must-give-teeth-open-records-law <p align="left">Vermont, like the United States, has a government of laws, not of men — what Abraham Lincoln called “of the people, by the people and for the people.”</p> <p align="left">It’s an ancient idea, one that dates back at least to the time of Aristotle and Plato, more than 300 years before Christ. It was a keystone of the American Revolution. In Britain, the king was the law, but Thomas Paine wrote that, “in America, the law is king.”</p> <p align="left">Maybe Armando Vilaseca and the municipal officials of Hartford, Vt., should brush up on the principles of democracy.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/5385/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/5385">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201008vermont-must-give-teeth-open-records-law" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Mon, 09 Aug 2010 17:30:00 +0000 5385 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Let the sun shine in http://www.addisonindependent.com/201003let-sun-shine <p>This is Sunshine Week in America, a press-organized annual observance to stress the importance of openness in government. Lord knows Sunshine Week (March 14-20) deserves attention here in Vermont.</p> <p>How Vermont’s laws on public meetings and public records got so messed up is a mystery, but there’s no question they’re messed up. The man who wrote the law, a former attorney general and state senator, put 27 exemptions in the law for the usual stuff — personnel matters, land acquisition, legal strategy in a lawsuit, that kind of thing.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/4112/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/4112">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201003let-sun-shine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Mon, 15 Mar 2010 18:30:00 +0000 4112 at http://www.addisonindependent.com