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Sunshine Week promotes open government, democracy

Posted March 13, 2011

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— Gov. Bev Perdue this month declared the week of March 13 Sunshine Week in North Carolina as part of a national initiative to celebrate government transparency and its importance to democracy.

Started in 2002 by the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Sunshine Week raises awareness of the importance of citizen access to governmental records and proceedings, according to a news release from Elon University, which is holding a one-day conference about access in the state on March 17.

The university also polled N.C. residents about a possible amendment to the state constitution that would make all government business open and available to the public. Four out of five poll respondents were in favor of such an amendment, according to the university.

Four out of five respondents also agreed that "transparency is key to fighting government corruption and 93 percent say that public hearings are essential to good government," said a university news release. The poll, which was conducted last month and surveyed 467 people, found that 75 percent of North Carolinians believe governments naturally like to keep secrets from citizens.

Residents polled said the top three types of information citizens should have access to are police reports, names and addresses of registered sex offenders and government records that identify the type, amount and location of hazardous chemicals. Respondents said citizens should not have access to divorce court files, driver's license records and government employees' work emails, according to the release.

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  • tao90 Mar 14, 2011

    I love Governor Perdue; what a powerful woman.

  • dbarber1157 Mar 14, 2011


    JAMES B HUNT JR , WAS THE ABSOLUTE KING OF POLITICAL PATRONAGE, STUFFING EVERY STATE BOARD AND DEPT FULL OF POLITICAL CRONIES AND BIG DONORS AND THEIR FRIENDS, MANY OF WHOM USED THEIR POSITION FOR PERSONAL FINANCIAL OR POLTICAL GAIN. SBI, DOT, DMV,HIGHWAY PATROL, COLLEGE BOARDS AND SO ON WERE POLITICAL DUMPING GROUNDS AS PAYBACK FOR BLIND SUPPORT OF CORRUPTION AND NEPOTISM ,CRONYISM AND GOOD OLE BOYISM. HIS LEGACY LIVES ON TODAY IN THE LAST TWO PROTEGE GOVERNORS OF HIS AND THE RECENTLY BOOTED OUT 140 YEAR CORRUPT DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY IN BOTH HOUSES OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE. THANK GOD , ONE MORE ELECTION CYCLE AND WE WILL HOPEFULLY HAVE DRAINED THE SWAMP OF SLEEZY , SECRETIVE BACKROOM DEALING ON THE STATE LEVEL. NOW IF WE CAN DO IT ON THE LOCAL LEVEL. WILSON CITY AND COUNTY POLITICS HAVE STOOPED BELOW THIS LEVEL AND HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO TRUST AND CONFIDENCE OF THE CITIZENRY ANYMORE. THE GREAT STATE OF NC FROM CITY HALLS, COUNTY COURTHOUSES, THE HALLS OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO THE GOVE

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Mar 14, 2011

    What is she, 10 years old? How about Rainbow Fridays and Bunny Rabbit Wednesdays!

  • driverkid3 Mar 14, 2011

    Two words for you, Bev.............PROVE IT! Do you even know the meaning of truth, or openess or honesty? Put all your misdeeds out so we can see them if you are for shining the light of truth on everything.

  • gvmntcheese Mar 14, 2011

    The people see the dog and pony show. They see the nepotism and non-transparency clearly.
    The time for honoring yourself will soon be at an end Bev...

  • likeaduck5 Mar 14, 2011

    You will notice that the article never does mention exactly what transparency means, or what the Governor will do differently during "Sunshine Week." It only mentions what some residents who were polled thought.

  • rroadrunner99 Mar 14, 2011

    They must be going to take the week off.

  • weasel2 Mar 14, 2011

    Another way to blow are money.

  • earsonthenews Mar 14, 2011

    Didn't I read recently that Perdue was cutting funds for nonprofits? What about the nonprofits around the state that receive hundreds of thousands of dollars of state money to house inmates? Those inmates live in better housing than most of us. Who is cutting the funding for nonprofits that are a result of personal friendships?

  • indrdw Mar 14, 2011

    would be funny if it were not was sad

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