Open government can spur reform

Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Guest editorial When Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) nearly 40 years ago, he wasn’t exactly whooping for joy. In fact, former press secretary Bill Moyers has recalled, “LBJ had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the signing ceremony.” Why the reluctance? “He hated the thought of journalists […]

Politicians worried about own back yards

Ned Cantwell: State columnist Here’s what is wrong with politics: The very nature of the beast puts the politician’s credibility in the red zone day in and day out. Case in point. There are 51 radar-evading F-117A Nighthawk stealth jets stationed at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo. They are 20 years old. The Air […]