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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 1:00 am

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Voice of the people vital

Sunshine Week is an annual observance of the value of public access to records and meetings. But just as important as access to information is the right to use it through the expression of your First Amendment rights.

Not all nations allow their citizens to publicly question or criticize the government. Americans have the right to express their views in countless ways, including opinions published in letters to the editor and in oped columns. We're fortunate to have readers who value that right and make our opinion pages a lively forum for debate. Often, those views inform our government leaders and serve to keep them on task.

As Sunshine Week recognizes the importance of access to government information, remember your right to share that information in an effort to improve government at all levels.