Your Right to Know

Your Right to Know is a monthly column distributed by the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, a group dedicated to open government.

Racine case shows folly of official secrecy

“Your Right to Know” column by Steve Lovejoy Secrecy in government, compounded by court-ordered secrecy, gives rise to speculation and rumor. That never serves the public interest. A case involving Racine City Attorney Scott Letteney and Racine Alderperson Sandy Weidner illustrates that very well. Last August, the city attorney sought an ethics violation sanction against…

Let the sunshine in!

Taken together, these cases provide a disturbing reminder that the public’s right to know is under constant attack—and that defending it requires constant vigilance.