A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Public records too hard to get

Written March 16th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

In Oregon we’ve had a public records law since 1973. It says that every piece of writing and other information in the hands of state and local governments is a public record, and with certain exceptions the public has a right to see them all. But by now the exceptions are legion. Sometimes getting particular […]

The answer: Openness and candor

Written February 13th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The Kitzhaber affair would not have cascaded into a debacle if he had been forthcoming from the start. So the lesson for public officials once again is this: Complete and utter openness is the only thing that offers any hope of repairing serious mistakes.

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