March 14, 2015 at 4 p.m.
Updated March 15, 2015 at 7:27 a.m.
In Saturday's LNJ's Saturday Forum, Kelley Shannon of the Freedom of Information Foundation lays out a very good argument about the importance of transparency in government, although I wish she had worded some of her examples better. She includes some measures that are being introduced in the Texas Legislature as examples of efforts to circumvent holding officials accountable with respect to public records.
Also in that same edition, there is an article about a new effort to restrict accountably. It is a measure that is designed to limit access by non-media bloggers who record events and then post them online. Its purpose "is primarily for independent bloggers who are focused on keeping law enforcement accountable." That is a quote from the sponsor of the measure. Oh yeah, we don't want those guys being held accountable. At least he's honest, which — with our elected officials — is not always the case.
You'd think with the plethora of phone cams and the continued posted incidents of people behaving stupidly, as those fools at OU found out, we would have more officials thinking before they spoke or acted. But as my old Daddy sometimes said; "ain't humins amusing?"