Our View: As always, we find clouds, fog in Sunshine Week


"Our View: As always, we find clouds, fog in Sunshine Week" for The Fayetteville Observer, March 12, 2019

"We’re beginning to wonder how people will keep their government accountable as newsrooms continue to shrink and many newspapers go out of business. According to data compiled by the University of North Carolina, more than 1,400 cities and towns in the United States have lost a newspaper in the past 15 years, creating, in some places, “news deserts.” Other research shows that when there are no active news organizations tracking government’s decision-making, the cost of government tends to increase more rapidly and local officials are more likely to approve bigger contracts, higher wages and other expenditures that drive up the cost of government. Corruption gets easier too."

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