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Letter: Watchdogs

March 11, 2013

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To the editor:

March 10-16 is Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide effort to call attention to transparency in government and freedom of information. It is a reminder to us about how important it is to make our voices heard all year long, not just on Election Day.

We all have the right to know what our government is doing — both its successes and failures. Exercising our right to know gives us — the public — power. It allows us to contribute to our government and hold elected officials accountable. But these laws are only as good as we demand that they be.

For decades, members of the League of Women Voters have acted as government watchdogs at the federal, state and local levels. We monitor the City of Lawrence and Douglas County’s budgets, observe their meetings and hold them accountable. Make your voice heard and join us in keeping Lawrence and Douglas County healthy, vibrant and strong communities for all. Our local website provides more information: www.lawrenceleague.com.

Comments

Armstrong 1 year, 9 months ago

Melinda, you might want to think about putting a national group together. Barry's record of transpaercy is dismal at best with Benghazi, Fast & Furious, Stimulus 1&2 cash the list goes on.... Best of luck trying to hold anyone of that crew accountable.

League of Women Voters Lawrence/Douglas County 1 year, 9 months ago

I leave holding "Barry" accountable to the National League. :) They're not too enthralled with him about several things at the moment.

We pretty much focus on local issues, here at the local level.

Thanks!

pti3 1 year, 9 months ago

Thanks for this timely letter- it dovetails with the press release from the ACLU March 6. " ACLU affiliates in 23 states filed over 255 public records requests with law enforcement agencies and National Guard offices to determine the extent to which federal funding and support has fueled the militarization of state and local police departments. Stay tuned as this project develops." http://www.aclu.org/militarization

"NEW YORK – American Civil Liberties Union affiliates in 23 states today simultaneously filed more than 255 public records requests to determine the extent to which local police departments are using federally subsidized military technology and tactics that are traditionally used overseas." http://www.aclu.org/criminal-law-reform/aclu-launches-nationwide-investigation-police-use-military-technology-tactics

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