In their view ...


... This is Sunshine Week, an observance created to promote the importance of open government and freedom of information. Sunshine laws tend to make the news only for controversial reasons, such as the media outlets pressing for access to records from the Sandy Hook massacre or political candidates who use public-records requests to harass opponents. ...

But the controversial cases are the exceptions. At their heart, Sunshine laws protect our right to know what our government is discussing, deciding and doing. And every time lawmakers chip away at open-records laws -- as they have done by adding dozens of exceptions to the Ohio Public Records Act -- it is the public's rights they are eroding. ...

As budgets have tightened in recent years, there's been a lot of talk about making government more like a business.

Increasing competition and promoting accountability can be worthy goals, but we must remember that in the end, government is not just a business. ...

The government -- from the presidency to the village council -- belongs to us, and we have every right to know what they do in our name.

The Cincinnati Enquirer

If Gov. John Kasich's proposed severance tax on oil and gas production is not approved by state legislators, it will create a $201 million hole in the state budget, proponents of the idea point out.

On the other hand, if the tax is enacted, there is the possibility it will dampen industry enthusiasm for oil and gas drilling in the state. There are other states, after all, with massive deposits of gas and oil to be exploited.

Industry representatives hate the tax, for obvious reasons. But before making a decision on it, legislators should attempt to obtain unbiased information on whether enacting it could dampen enthusiasm for drilling in Ohio.

The (Tiffin) Advertiser-Tribune

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