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EDITORIAL: In Malheur County, citizens and government benefit from transparency

This is Sunshine Week, and not because spring is near and we’re seeing more clear skies. Rather, this is the time for us all to pause and celebrate our legal and moral right to information about our government. That access to our government institutions is not a privilege given to us by those in power, but a right retained by every citizen, regardless of income, education, or social standing.

Powerful laws are in place to guard your right to see government information. On the national level, the Freedom of Information Act provides anyone the ability to see how federal agencies are working. The federal law has become cumbersome, yet remains the flag of transparency that waves over every federal official. 

In Oregon, we have the Oregon Public Records Law, which is pretty plain about who it is protecting. “Every person has . . .