Stop spreading the B.S. that comes across your feed.
Public officials need to be as bold and creative about public transparency as they want to be about innovation in technology.
Technological changes in record-keeping do not change the underlying principles of government accountability.
Incivility isn’t a crime, and approaching and criticizing an official in a public place is not harassment.
Don’t just question authority—challenge it, regularly.
Some ongoing criticism of the debate commission, including here in Forefront, reflected a fundamental lack of understanding about how we work and why we exist.
Newspapers have played, and continue to play, a disproportionate role as the backbone of our public discourse.
Voters in statewide contests are not well-served by debates that are aired or covered only in limited corners of Indiana.
The Trump administration has shown little but contempt for the public’s right to know.
Taxpayers have already paid for the compilation and disclosure of public records.
Gov. Mike Pence recently signed an executive order creating a data-sharing project called the Governor’s Management and Performance Hub. The idea is to have a centralized clearinghouse for public data that top policymakers can use to systematically analyze problems—child fatalities and infant mortality, for instance—and the state’s handling of them.
Which is better: business or government? Before you answer, consider two cases.
I’ve written a fair bit in these pages about the pitfalls of official secrecy—the often unjustified withholding of information by public agencies at all levels of government.
In the state law that requires government meetings to be open to the public, there’s a wonderful preamble expressing the philosophy behind the statute. The intent of the Open Door Law, it declares, is “that the official action of public agencies be conducted and taken openly … in order that the people may be fully informed.”
Here’s something to ponder in the wake of the big stories that keep trickling out from the emails released by state Superintendent of Public Education Glenda Ritz: What if the emails in question had been from her own tenure in that office? Or, what if a reporter had asked Tony Bennett for the same emails while he was still in office (or asked for the emails from then-Gov. Mitch Daniels)?