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FARGO: Mildly agnostic about finishing I-69

December 15, 2012
When Interstate 64 came to my hometown, I was too young to appreciate what an amazing engineering feat it was. To me, the construction zone was a wonderland of big trucks and other exotic-looking equipment.

FARGO: Ads breed cynicism in young people

November 17, 2012
The election is over, but there are still some unanswered questions as we clean up the toxic debris from the campaigns and get back to focusing on other things.

FARGO: Too many politicians dodge the public

October 13, 2012
In Monroe County, the League of Women Voters has been having trouble with its candidate forums for local and state races. Some of the candidates refuse to take part.

FARGO: More questions for Gregg and Pence

September 15, 2012
The Indiana Coalition for Open Government was putting together such a list for the gubernatorial candidates as I wrote this column. While I played a small role in that effort, I would also like to ask a few questions of Mike Pence and John Gregg that are not on the list:

FARGO: Thankful for the Chick-fil-A tempest

August 18, 2012
I was hesitant to weigh in on the Chick-fil-A controversy, but I decided not doing so would be chicken. (Sorry—couldn’t resist.)

FARGO: We aren't special, but we have potential

July 14, 2012
The goal will be to divide and conquer on election day.

FARGO: State government integrity scores average

May 19, 2012
We trailed, believe it or not, Illinois and Louisiana, among others.

FARGO: Battle for open government is global challenge

April 14, 2012
The Ukrainians were particularly curious about the national security exemption in our Freedom of Information Act.

FARGO: Internet resurrects old free-speech questions

March 17, 2012
Anonymous speech has a long history in the United States.

FARGO: A good idea with a shot at becoming law

February 18, 2012
The only way to enforce the law if a public official ignores a public access counselor’s opinion in your favor is to sue.

FARGO: Long-overdue teeth for public access laws

January 21, 2012
Telling the average person that she’s welcome to sue is like telling her to go to Mars and back.

FARGO: Keep some cheer for better public access

December 24, 2011
The right of access to information is like a muscle—if you don’t exercise it, it atrophies.

FARGO: Falling behind on public access laws

November 26, 2011
The nation with the top score was Serbia, followed by Slovenia, India, El Salvador, Liberia, Croatia and Mexico.

FARGO: A defense of anonymity on the Internet

October 22, 2011
Anonymity on creates challenges, but it also creates opportunities for the marginalized, the rebellious and the tremulous to speak their minds.

FARGO: Meet the new public access counselor

September 24, 2011
Hoage is correct that his office shouldn't be advising agencies on how to comply with the law, educating them, and also fining them when they misbehave.

FARGO: Investigating a court record? Good luck

August 20, 2011
It might take a big chunk of the 21st century for the state to catch up to the 21st century.

FARGO: There's a place for secrecy in government

July 23, 2011
There are slippery slopes, camels’ noses under tents, etc., that we fear will become too common if we budge on our opposition to secrecy. But secretly (oops), we also know that government has to keep some things quiet to keep us safe.

FARGO: Taking government transparency up a notch

June 25, 2011
The Internet has changed our expectations about the availability of information. We now expect information to be at our fingertips when we want it.

FARGO: Transparency's value for economic growth

May 21, 2011
It is difficult to sell the benefits of democracy to your citizens or the stability of your government to foreign investors if too much information is kept hidden.

FARGO: In defense of controversial e-mail requests

April 23, 2011
Are they politically motivated? Probably. Do they have the potential to intimidate professors and institutions? Yes. Are they illegal or unethical? No.

FARGO: Sure the schools are failing? Check it out

March 26, 2011
Unfortunately, journalists still sometimes fall into the trap of accepting what “everybody knows” without doing enough questioning.

FARGO: Solve transparency problems with oversight

February 26, 2011
Transparency walks hand in hand with accountability. It is hard to trust what you cannot see.

FARGO: Building futures alongside memories

January 22, 2011
My hometown and the southern Indiana communities I encountered have much to offer, including hard-working people, clean air and beautiful scenery. To ensure they survive and grow, community and education leaders need to help prepare workers for opportunities in the new economy.

FARGO: Shield laws are beyond party labels

December 25, 2010
Good government should be transparent, no matter who’s in charge.
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