FOIA – Protection for All

I work for a newspaper. A small town newspaper, but a newspaper nonetheless. This week we got a letter from a “Freedom of Information Officer” from one of the small towns in the area. It seems we are “making too many mistakes in reporting the minutes of their meetings.” But no one has ever, not once, called in to tell us that; not one complaint has ever come. We would gladly print a retraction if we are wrong about something. This baffles me. They want the right to preview our reports from now on before we print.

This is a government board. How much would they want retracted from the original report? And who the heck is a “Freedom of Information Officer?” The Freedom of Information Act is there to guarantee that citizens are allowed to see and hear what their government is doing. In another town, they threatened to do all their meetings in executive session, just because we brought a recorder. The recorder is to guarantee we get it right, not to do a “gotcha.”

Imagine if the Federal Government or the State government asked for the right to preview everything that gets printed about them. It would be gridlock!

Like most of what we see in politics these days, someone throws out a vague accusation against another, but never gives the details, and when asked to give one, they usually can’t think of anything. I suspect that may be what this is. Being a newspaper employee, I intend to have them put all those details, list every single error they think we have made, in writing, because if we did make a mistake, we need to correct it, right? This also validates our decision to record the meetings. It’s benefits both of us, media and government. It protects both of us.

When Will The American Electorate Say…Enough?

We’ve got  the VA scandals, where veterans are not getting timely healthcare and are dying (this speaks volumes about the future of Obamacare), Benghazi scandals, where no one is willing to admit fault for the deaths of 4 Americans, and the cover up and stonewalling has gone on for over a year, IRS scandals, where conservative groups were targeted to stifle tax exempt status, and thereby voice, (although I would certainly not let that stop my voice), Obama Care, where the regulations keep changing every time an election comes around…and the hits just keep on coming. When is the corruption enough? When are the people ready to confront the tyranny, soft or otherwise, that we see taking place?

We’ve got a mainstream media, yawning every time the administration makes decisions like refusing to prosecute election crimes when blacks are the perpetrators, refusing to prosecute illegal aliens (there, I said it.), but yet setting their sights on law abiding citizens who believe in the Constitution. I could go on…but if anyone has been paying even a modicum of attention to any sources besides the the Yawning and Fawning Lame-stream media, they are not unawares of the state we now find ourselves in.

Rick Moran has an article today over at americanthinker.com, “Obama administration creates slush fund to bribe insurance companies to keep rates low.” It’s about new regulations buried in dozens of new rules released last week. They must have made a quiet  media dump on Friday afternoon again. Sigh. Did they think we wouldn’t find out? Obama is equal to death by a thousand paper cuts, except for some of us. We may go quicker with him at the helm of the (VA) Healthcare system. Just hold on to your seats, everyone….it may get a bit rockier before his term is up.

And those vets that died? If I was a betting person, I would check to see if they had an R by their names in their voting records. Somehow I just can’t see him letting vets with the D by their names go…

Monday is Memorial Day. We commemorate our soldiers slain in war. Do something nice for a living vet. They deserve it. Especially now.